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Hardox® HiAce withstands 60% moisture content at biomass district heating plant

December 13, 2022 6 min read

Part of a loading bay at a biomass district heating plant made in corrosion resistant Hardox® HiAce steel.

Case details

Product Hardox® HiAce
Country Sweden
Company Trosa Energi
Industry Raw material handling

Wet, acidic and corrosive materials can eat right away at equipment – and a company’s profits. Discover how this biomass heating plant uses Hardox® HiAce in its loading bay to fight corrosive wear.

Case details

Product Hardox® HiAce
Country Sweden
Company Trosa Energi
Industry Raw material handling

Wet waste no match for plant equipment made in Hardox® HiAce

At this biomass power plant in the tiny town of Trosa, Sweden, Hardox® HiAce fights wear and corrosion in critical equipment used in an energy chain stretching from the forest to the town’s homes and businesses. Trosa Energi, owned by Statkraft, Europe’s biggest generator of renewable energy, receives wood chips in a loading bay that are then transformed into thermal energy. The heat is efficiently pumped and delivered through miles of pipes in a climate-smart district heating network. 
But these wood chips have quite a high moisture content – about 60% – which produces corrosive conditions in the plant’s loading bay. Previous solutions in concrete and conventional AR steel wore out quickly and needed to be replaced, often. So when Trosa Energi wanted to get tough on wear, it turned to Hardox® HiAce.

A workman standing in front of a huge pile of wood chip biomass at a district heating plant.

Up to 3 times longer service life than ordinary 400 HBW steel

A big pile of wood chip biomass at a district heating plant.

“At first, we had a concrete floor, but that didn’t work. Since we switched to a Hardox® HiAce floor and conveyor two years ago, we haven’t noticed any wear at all so far.”

—Rolf Ebbvik, site manager at Trosa Energi.

Low wear of Hardox® HiAce confirmed

When Jonas Allebert, senior wear specialist at SSAB, brings out his ultrasonic measuring device, he can confirm that there is almost no wear to the Hardox® HiAce plates in the loading bay. The bay now has an expected service life of 12 years. It looks like Trosa Energi found the right solution for its corrosive wood chips. And the company is already looking at other areas in the district heating plant where it can use Hardox® HiAce. 

A worker using an ultrasonic measuring device to measure wear on a thick plate of the corrosion-resistant AR steel Hardox® HiAce.
Wet wood chip biomass being dumped into a loading bay at the Trosa Energy plant.

Loading bay supplier delivers 4 decades of trust in Hardox® wear plate

Jernforsen Energy is Trosa Energi’s supplier of the loading bay equipment at the heating plant. The company has been using Hardox® wear plate for at least 40 years now and knows the steel’s qualities well. Since Jernforsen specializes in equipment for heating plants and sawmills, it is no stranger to corrosive environments. 

“We have specified Hardox® HiAce when there is both corrosion and wear, and it has shown excellent performance in those applications. In this case, we used it for the loading bay, but we’re also looking to use Hardox® HiAce in other applications that will benefit from the steel’s corrosion resistance. The fact that it’s as easy to bend and weld as Hardox® 450 makes for an easy switch to Hardox® HiAce,” says Henrik Fransson, after sales coordinator at Jernforsen Energy.  “The maintenance costs for our customers are substantially lower with Hardox® HiAce, such as for Trosa Energi, which doesn’t have to replace the floor of its loading bay as frequently.” 

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