Using steam with biomass ‘is an unmissable opportunity’

Biomass users could gain up to double their Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) income by adding steam to their processes.

Plans for £10m pellet plant in East Yorkshire

Plans to build a £10 million pellet plant in East Yorkshire have been announced. Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, Y Pellets expects the facility to “revolutionise supply” to the nation’s biomass energy market. Once up and running next year, the plant to be developed at Goole 36 in East […]

New waste disposal could be a bloody good idea

Medical waste such as bandages, blood products and nappies could soon be turned into clean energy. That’s according to Sussex businessman Michael Burns, who says he has developed a new technology to create renewable energy from a specific combination of plastic and biomass waste. Rather than burning the waste in a traditional incinerator, his company […]

Drax greenlights biomass expansion

Drax has said the government’s decision to continue supporting biomass technologies means it will convert a fourth unit at its power plant from coal to wood chip-fired generation. The energy giant had feared government proposals to cap levels of support available through the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme could scupper its expansion plans. The firm […]

Energy plant to turn food waste into ‘coal’

A planned facility in North Lincolnshire will be able to convert high-moisture biomass such as food waste into coal-like solid fuels. Fuel manufacturer CPL Industries aims to install what it says will be the UK’s first commercial-scale hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) unit at an existing facility in Immingham. The plant, which is scheduled to begin production […]

Global material resource use ‘to more than double by 2050’

The extraction of material resources such as biomass, fossil fuels and non-metallic minerals, could reach 88.6 billion tonnes this year. That’s three times the amount used in 1970, according to estimates from the International Resource Panel, a group of scientific experts established by the UN in 2007. It expects global material use to more than […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina turns up the heat with biomass

A renewable power plant made up of 10 biomass boilers will heat homes and businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Banja Luka has secured loans worth €8.4 million (£7.5bn) from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the project. It will be used to develop the new plant and establish a […]

Wood pellet firms branch out with new partnership

A new wood fuel partnership is expected to boost the UK’s biomass supply chain. Chip-and-pellet distributors Forest Fuels and Billington Bioenergy will continue to operate independently but combine their customer service and distribution expertise and resources. The combined businesses, which will supply their products to more than 4,000 customers, say they have an “excellent geographical […]

Drax ‘generates £1.7bn for UK economy each year’

The Drax Power Station helps generate £1.7 billion for the UK economy and supports more than 18,500 jobs each year. In a study of the biomass and coal-fired plant’s impacts, researchers at Oxford Economics found this contribution increased by 34% year-on-year following the firm’s acquisition of corporate power supplier Opus Energy. The facility, which provides […]

Government to establish industrial energy efficiency scheme

The government plans to establish a scheme to help decarbonise the industrial sector, which currently represents nearly a quarter of UK emissions. It has already laid out specific technologies and pathways for the UK’s most carbon intensive industries to go greener while maintaining international competitiveness. The government has said the energy efficiency initiative will help […]