Mushroom Farm


Case Studies

Mushroom Farm

Industry: Farming/ Nursery

Application: Biomass

Country: Netherlands

Power: 160 kW

Model: Heliex GenSet HP145

Steam in/out: 18 bar g /1 bar g


A Heliex GenSet produces 160kW of low-cost electricity for an end user with ambitions to become the world's first mushroom grower, with a complete energy and climate-neutral nursery.


Our client is a successful, and highly sustainable, mushroom grower in the Netherlands. Their products have been accredited 'Eco Label' by the Eco Foundation. The label is a certification system for sustainable products and services.


The farm previously had a biomass CHP system in operation, although the integrated ORC system failed to deliver the correct power or temperature outputs.
The owners investigated alternative technologies that would use the steam in a biomass boiler to generate a low cost and low carbon supply of electricity and provide residual steam at the correct temperature.
Temperature is an important factor in this sector because naturally, mushrooms grow mostly in the woods, on moist and humid ground. This climate is replicated in the mushroom sheds.


A steam raising biomass boiler was integrated with a Heliex HP 145 GenSet. The residual heat is used to warm the sheds and sold next door to a strawberry farm.
The electricity is available for use on site and eligible for payments from the feed-in-tariff.

Payback on Heliex system is under one year.