Small renewable energy firm Infinergy Technology is seeking planning permission for a micro-power station near Selby.
The firm wants to build a £16million biofuel plant which would export electricity to the National Grid – generating enough power for 20,000 homes.
The patented system feeds renewable wood pellets into a furnace which burn and produce steam but no CO2 or toxins, unlike coal and gas, said the firm. A heat exchange system then uses the steam to power mini steam engines which create electricity.
Steve Mongan, director of Infinergy Technology and creator of the system (pictured) said: “We are very excited by our plans for this renewable energy micro-power station and are confident we will get the go ahead.
“Biofuel and renewable energy is the way forward given that half the world’s fossil fuels have already gone and we are using fuel faster than we can extract it from the ground and seas.”
A decision is expected in six to eight weeks.