Friday 13 December 2013

Birmingham to get £47.8m biomass plant

Birmingham to get £47.8m biomass plant

A new £47.8m power plant in Birmingham is set to use biomass as a fuel.

The 10.3MW plant in Tyseley will be built by the construction arm of US firm MWH. Running for 20 years it could power more than 17,000 homes a year.

Energy is generated by heating wood to just before the point it burns, without enough oxygen, which creates a gas known as ‘syngas’.

This syngas is then burned to create steam which drives a turbine, generating electricity.

A spokesperson for MWH Treatment said the emissions are lower than burning wood straight away.

The Tyseley plant will get through roughly 67,000 tonnes of waste wood from a local supplier a year. Owner Birmingham Bio-Power said this would otherwise be destined for landfill.

Set to be ready by March 2016, the Tyseley will qualify for renewable subsidies under the Government’s ROCs scheme until 2017.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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