UK Opens Sizeable Renewable Energy Plant

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The first biomass facility to produce a renewable heating fuel using energy created by burning sawdust and wood chips is online outside Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. The Balcas renewable energy facility includes a combined heat and power (CHP) plant and an operation that produces a revolutionary new biofuel known as Brites. The CHP plant makes the sawmill site self-sufficient in electricity, saving more than GBP 1 million a year, with the surplus electricity sold to the Northern Ireland grid. It also powers the largest biofuel pellet production facility in the British Isles. Balcas managing director Ernest Kidney said the biofuel pellets were made from compressed timber and were among Europe’s fastest-growing renewable energy sources. The plant produces 50,000 tons of high-energy fuel pellets — displacing fossil fuels and the 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere.
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