Essen, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] RWE Innogy Cogen GmbH, a subsidiary of RWE Innogy, has signed a contract with the tree nursery company P&P for planting up to 100 square kilometers of fuel-wood plantations in Germany over the next four years.
Initially, “parent tree nurseries” will be created for fast growing tree varieties such as poplars over an area of 3 square kilometers. The goal is to achieve a 100 square kilometers sized fuel-wood plantation from these nurseries. RWE Innogy Cogen is already operating four biomass-fired cogeneration plants based on used wood. Obtaining fresh wood from fuel-wood plantations represents an important step towards safeguarding the fuel supply of the biomass-fired cogeneration plants planned for the future, the company says.
“The model which we will implement in Germany shortly is the initial basis for extending our biomass activities in other countries within Europe. We will create further fuel-wood plantations wherever it is feasible,” said Fritz Vahrenholt, CEO of RWE Innogy.