Electrabel and GDF convert coal plant to biomass

Energy company Electrabel and France-based electricity generation and distribution firm GDF Suez Group have launched a €40 million biomass generating system at the Gelderland power station in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

The Gelderland power station originally burnt coal but the conversion will result in around one quarter of this being replaced by wood pellets.

With a total capacity of 590MW, the power plant has a biomass capacity of 180MW, up from 44MW.

470,000 tonnes of wood pellets will be burned annually at the facility, resulting in a 750,000 tonne-a-year decrease in C02 emissions. This is the same as erecting 250 wind turbines.

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