New biomass plant gets green light in UK

Danish firm Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian (BWS) has been given planning permission to build a new biomass power plant in Widnes, UK.

The proposed plant is believed to be able burn 147,000 tonnes of wood a year via truck deliveries to generate around 20MW of energy and 3.5MW of heat energy.

The project was passed by council officials as it is based on ‘environmentally-friendly way to create energy with no overall greenhouse gas emissions’.

‘The power produced will be distributed to industries, offices and households in and around Widnes using the local and national grid,’ a BWS statement said. ‘The waste heat, which normally will be dissipated to the surroundings in a cooling tower, will be used to generate useful heat which will be distributed to occupants in the Stobart Park development and potentially to homes, offices, and schools in Widnes.’

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