Behind the project
Our Renewable Energy Plant is one of 15-20 similar sized biomass plants that are operating or under construction in the UK at the moment, all of which generate clean, green energy which is great for the environment
Renewable Energy in the UK
Our project and other renewable energy providers such as wind are all working towards achieving the Governments renewable energy targets by 2020 and ensuring that the UK is generating a significant amount of its electricity from renewable sources. For the most up to date information on renewable energy in the UK take a look at the Government’s statistics page www.gov.uk/government/collections/renewables-statistics
We at Snetterton Biomass Energy Plant are proud to be part of this renewable energy sector, generating power and looking after the environment.
Why is Biomass Renewable?
In common with other biomass materials straw biomasses all capture energy and CO2 through the process of photosynthesis as they grow, and when burned as a fuel release only the same amount of CO2 they captured, back into the atmosphere.
Biomass is much better for the environment than coal and other fossil fuels as the carbon dioxide being released is not ‘new’. This means that the CO2 in the straw being burned is already part of our balanced atmosphere as it was only relatively recently absorbed by those same plants. Fossil fuels however release CO2 which was absorbed thousands of years ago and so is not part of today’s atmosphere, adding to the CO2 levels which are part of the cause of global warming.
How a Biomass Plant Works
The straw will be delivered to our plant, sourced from local and regional farms/suppliers as well as a number of wholesalers. The straw will then be transported from the suppliers and our storage facility to the boiler by conveyor where it will be burned. The energy released is used to boil water; the steam produced then activates a steam turbine creating rotational energy from which electricity is generated by an electrical generator. The electricity is fed in to the national grid for everyone to use.
The Project Partners
We would like to introduce ourselves, we are BWSC East Anglia or BEAL for short and we are the project developers. To ensure that our Snetterton Renewable Energy Plantis a success we have used our experience to bring together a partnership of key renewable energy experts to develop, build and run this project.
- Investors – We are owned jointly by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) and a Danish infrastructure fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S (CIP). If you’d like to know a little more about them please take a look at www.bwsc.dk and www.cipartners.dk
- Building and operating our Power Plant – We have contracted BWSC to both build and operate our renewable power plant for us. They are a leading building contractor and operator of biomass, medium & large scale diesel and gas based systems. Their experience and expertise ranges from all aspects of plant design to refurbishment, operation and maintenance and financing.
- Fuel Suppliers – At Snetterton we will use straw supplemented by Miscanthus, woodchip and OSR to generate electricity. As our project progresses we will work with local and regional producers and suppliers to provide them with the opportunity to sell their crops to us. We hope this will have a positive knock-on effect in the area, supporting the local economy, local farmers and the vital services they provide.