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Volcano-like biomass power plant planned in UK

A rendering from Heatherwick studio of BEI-Teesside, a biomass plant covered in native plants to be situated on the banks of the River Tees in the UK.

Plans have been announced by Bio Energy Investments Ltd (BEI) for the construction of BEI-Teesside, a biomass power station to be built on a brownfield site on the banks of the River Tees in the UK.  The striking design is by British firm Heatherwick studio.  The exterior shell of the structure will be covered in panels planted with indigenous grasses.

The plant will generate power from palm kernel shells, a byproduct of palm oil plantations that is considered a renewable fuel, which will be transported to the site by boat.  Using palm kernel shells reduces carbon emissions by 80% compared with coal or gas, provides additional revenue to growers who otherwise treat the shells as waste and ensures that no land is diverted from forests or food production to generate the fuel.  The proposed plant will generate 49 MW of energy, enough to power approximately 50,000 homes, and will feature a visitor’s center and renewable energy education center.  Portions of the brownfield site not used for building construction are slated to become renewed native grassland.

(via Inhabitat and Dezeen)

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January 7, 2010 - Posted by | FKP | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. BEI-Teesside got the go ahead at a council meeting and work as already began. I wrote a letter to back the pan and really glad that it got the thumbs up.

    Comment by Luke Frost | October 24, 2010 | Reply


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