Vahterus has installed its steam laboratory at a power plant in Naantali run by Turun Seudun Energiantuotanto Oy. The 10-megawatt laboratory is unique in its size and is built for testing steam condensers for the purposes of research and development.
The contract made with the power plant includes the space and the steam needed for the laboratory. The heat energy gathered from the steam used by the laboratory is returned to Turun Seudun Energiantuotanto Oy’s district heating network.
The steam laboratory is primarily used to test steam condensers in terms of improving their structure and sizing. The tests made in the laboratory will also give insight about desuperheaters and control systems. The first tests have already been carried out and the expectations are high.
The laboratory is unique in its size, as similar power is difficult to reach in other than power plant circumstances.