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Biomass plant reduces wood sent to landfill

Beddington Heat & Power has submitted its application that, if accepted, will see the construction of a small-scale renewable energy production facility in Surrey, UK.

The project, which will be developed within a purpose built structure nearby to Country Waste Recycling, a waste management company, will be led by biomass conversion firm Bioflame, located in North Yorkshire.

The facility will generate 20,000MW/hours of electricity each year from wood that would have otherwise made its way to landfill. Instead Country Waste Recycling will shred the wood before it is treated thermally in the refinery.

After an estimated build period of 14 months, the refinery is expected to begin generating electricity in the autumn of 2012. The electricity will be supplied to the National Grid, benefitting over 6,300 households.

A decision on whether the refinery will be given the go ahead will be made by the London Borough of Sutton by June this year.

‘This development will contribute significantly towards the region’s binding obligation to ensure 20% of all electricity generated by 2020 comes from renewable sources,’ said Bioflame’s new business manager Alex Thornton. He continued: ‘It will save nearly 9,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum by reducing the region’s dependence on fossil fuel derived energy and by diverting 30,000 tonnes of biodegradable wood from landfill each year.’