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Increased Scotland biomass power through intensive investment

Aberdeen City and Shire, Scotland has seen its biomass capacity double over the past two years up to 20MW of heat generation.

Nine new projects across the region now means it has 200 operational wood fuel boilers, with local wood fuel production to meet this demand in excess of 130,000 green tonnes equivalent.

Of the new projects, the Kemnay Golf Course marked its centenary celebration by installing an energy saving biomass boiler which was opened by local MP Robert Smith and Aberdeen City Council headquarters receives a quarter of its heat from a boiler too.

‘The increase in projects, doubling our capacity, only serves to underpin our commitment to establishing a variety of complimentary and sustainable fuel sources across the region,’ Grampion Biomass Working Group chairman Iain Todd.

‘These proactive initiatives are creating a growing biomass cluster in the north-east – significant in Scottish terms, although still not on the scale of biomass heating used in Scandinavia and Austria. Not only is biomass renewable, but it uses local resources. The development of this resource is jobs-intensive which offers a valuable source of diversification income for the rural economy.’

These figures do not take into account a proposed wood-fuelled biomass plant with heat and power generator at Stoneywood Papermill which could further increase capacity over the next year.