Customer case:

GREC provides clean electricity with Valmet BFB Boiler for 70 000 homes in Florida

Aug 25, 2015

Valmet has supplied a 100 MWe biomass boiler to the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) in Gainesville, Florida, USA. The power plant installation supplies Gainesville Regional Utilities (the city-owned utility) of Gainesville, Florida with a firm source of renewable electric power under the terms of a 30-year power purchase agreement.


The 100 MW biomass boiler utilizes bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and use waste wood from logging and mill activity as well as urban wood waste from clearing, tree trimming and pallets as the main fuel. Valmet’s complete delivery scope includes the entire boiler island and flue gas cleaning system.

This one of the largest and most efficient biomass boilers in the world provides clean electricity for approximately 70 000 homes.

Our partnership with Valmet played a significant role in allowing us to complete this construction financing. GREC is now able to move forward without delay, ensuring that the Gainesville community will receive the many environmental and financial benefits of this renewable energy facility”
Jim Gordon, President of GREC LLC


Location Gainesville, Florida, USA
Customer challenge Reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Solution Valmet BFB Boiler (formerly HYBEX) and flue gas cleaning system
Results The power plant plays an important role in the development of a regional market for wood waste. Simultaneously, it will help reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Keywords Energy, North America, Air pollution control, BFB boilers

Technical data

Steam 292 MWth
117 kg/s
112 bar
540 C
Fuels Forest residue and wood chips
Start-up 2013