08 March 2016

Hull gets a Biomass boost

A £35m biomass plant will provide clean energy to more than 11,000 homes in Hull when it becomes operational next year, using 'best available technology' (BAT).

The new plant will use HRS Energy’s innovative combustion, heat recovery and power module technology to produce electricity from biomass.  The innovative 22MW facility will utilise a fluidised bed combustion and heat recovery system which claims to burn biomass more efficiently than comparable methods. The system can be retrofitted to gas compressor plants and peaking gas turbines to recover energy which is otherwise wasted.

According to technology provider HRS Energy, the process used could potentially deliver new levels of efficiency performance to biomass power plant infrastructure worldwide. The development will be the first in a pipeline of projects HRS Energy is set to work on in the UK and abroad.

The system will also be manufactured in Hull.  As well as further minimising costs and emissions, the project is set to create 80 new jobs in the local area and is expected to be operational by March 2017.

The plant has the full backing of Hull East MP Karl Turner.  He said that the project would build on Hull’s reputation as a world leader in providing clean energy. The £35m investment into the local area shows that companies have confidence that Hull is the place to do business and has the work force to deliver.

The news also comes as a welcome boost for the biomass sector following the announcement by the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) that non-domestic biomass boiler tariffs could be reduced by up to 98% by 2017 under its proposed reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Source: edie

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