A biomass plant being developed for the Isle of Wight may have the capacity to supply electricity to more than two thirds of the island’s population.
Costing £130 million (€154 million) to construct, the Reality Energy Centre has been proposed for a disused landfill site in Newport, adjacent to Vestas R&D centre.
Real Ventures Ltd. is expected to submit a planning application before the end of this year, which, if approved, could see the plant operational by 2013, employing 35 new staff.
The privately funded plant will convert wood pellets into steam that will be used to power generators. It will also supply heating and water to the local residents and industrial buildings.
Real Ventures claims that its plant will have the ability to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted on the Isle of Wight by 60%. ‘The island has been searching for suitable renewable energy projects that will make a significant and real difference for some time,’ said Ray Tucker of Real Ventures. ‘Employing proven modern technology, our plant will be highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly.’