Baden-Baden, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] At the inauguration ceremony of a new biomass-fueled Wartsila BioPower combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Baden-Baden, Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, started the power plant that will provide electricity and district heating for the business and service park of Baden Airpark. It is said to be the first BioPower plant delivered by Wartsila to Germany.“Wartsila’s research and development activities have for years focused on the development of environmentally sound energy solutions,” said Ole Johansson, President and CEO of Wartsila Corporation. “Our central aim is high efficiency coupled with low emissions. Concern today over the detrimental effects of carbon dioxide emissions is steering energy users towards increasingly efficient technology and environmentally friendly fuels. The same aim is served by producing energy close to where it is consumed — a process called decentralized power generation.” Wartsila’s biomass-fueled plants are clean and efficient. BioPower plants are based on proven standardized components with a conservative design approach, enabling fast delivery and installation. Their proven technology results in a reliable, durable plant that is highly automated, enabling unmanned operation, the release stated. The environmentally friendly CHP plant in Baden-Baden, which began as a concept in 2001 and was picked up by a local businessman to bring into reality, has progressed rapidly since the contract was awarded to Wartsila in September 2004. The power plant is owned by BioTherm Baden GmbH & Co KG, Germany, and is operated by Stadtwerke Baden-Baden, which is responsible for delivering natural gas, water, heating and telecommunications in the Baden Airpark with the integrated Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport. “Within the European Union small, local combined heat and power plants running on biofuels have also gained the interest of investors owing to electricity prices. A good example in this context is this BioTherm Baden plant, the construction of which was largely attributable to local initiative,” said Johansson.