Behind the project
Our Biomass power plant is one of 15-20 similar sized biomass plants that are operating or under construction in the UK at the moment, all of which generate clean, green energy which is great for the environment.
Renewable Energy in the UK
Our project and other renewable energy providers such as wind are all working towards achieving the UK Governments 2020 renewable energy targets and ensuring that the UK is generating a significant amount of its electricity from renewable sources. For the most up to date information on renewable energy in the UK take a look at the Government’s statistics page www.gov.uk/government/ collections/renewables-statistics
We at Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Ltd. are proud to be part of this renewable energy sector, generating power and looking after the environment.
Why is Biomass Renewable?
In common with other biomass materials wood based biomasses all capture energy and CO2 through the process of photosynthesis as they grow, and when burned as a fuel release only the same amount of CO2 they captured, back into the atmosphere.
Biomass is much better for the environment than coal and other fossil fuels as the carbon dioxide being released is not ‘new’. This means that the CO2 in the plant material being burned is already part of our balanced atmosphere as it was only relatively recently absorbed by those same plants and trees. Fossil fuels however release CO2 which was absorbed thousands of years ago and so is not part of today’s atmosphere, dangerously adding to the CO2 levels which are part of the cause of global warming.
Furthermore, if not collected and used as a fuel, waste wood is often disposed of in landfill, where it decomposes releasing methane, a gas around 20 times more harmful to the environment than CO2.
How a Biomass Plant Works
The waste wood fuel is delivered to our plant from local processing hubs. We carry a store of four days’ worth of fuel in a dedicated wood store. Wood fuel is then transported from the store to the boiler by conveyor where it is burned. The energy released is used to boil water; the steam produced then activates a steam turbine creating rotational energy from which electricity is generated by an electrical generator. The electricity is fed in to the national grid for everyone to use.
Our Construction Project Partners
Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Ltd. has brought together a wide range of experienced partners and renewable energy experts to develop and construct this project. These experts have significant experience in all aspects of project finance, project development, environmental management, civil engineering, power plant engineering and management.
- Investors – We are owned by Greencoat Capital which is one of the UK’s largest investors in the resource efficiency and renewable energy market, with approximately £5.0 billion under management.
- Power Plant Constructors – Templeborough Biomass contracted a consortium of Birmingham-based Interserve Construction Ltd. and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund from Denmark, who built the power plant and supplied all the equipment. Interserve is one of the UK’s foremost construction and support services companies and Volund have a history in power generation which dates back to 1898. The consortium are members of the Considerate Contractor’s Scheme.
- Support Team during Construction – Our support team included Fichtner Consulting Engineers who assisted with engineering and Callidus Health and Safety as the Principal Designer in support of the UK CDM-2015 Health and Safety regulations.
- Fuel Suppliers – Here in Templeborough we will use waste wood biomass to generate electricity. A large proportion of this waste wood fuel will be collected locally from municipal waste sites where it is segregated from other wastes, from construction sites, and other industrial and commercial waste collections, after which it will be processed and shredded for use as a fuel in our biomass plant. The waste wood fuel is sourced and processed by Stobart Biomass Products Ltd., a subsidiary of the Stobart Group, who also part own the famous Eddie Stobart logistics company.
- Power Plant Operators – Looking ahead we have also contracted Babcock & Wilcox Volund to manage our Plant, looking after the operation and maintenance for 15 years, now we have begun generating electricity.
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