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Combustion is a chemical reaction that occurs between a fuel and an oxidizing agent that produces energy.

One such example in the Tees Valley in Northeast England is Sembcorp. The Sembcorp Biomass Power Station also referred to as ‘Wilton 10’ came on line in 2007 and boasts the title of the United Kingdom’s first ever large scale “wood to energy” power facility. The £64 million plant was a major step forward in the production of biomass-generated renewable energy in the UK. Producing 35 MW of electricity - enough to power a small town - it utilises around 300,000 tonnes a year of wood as its fuel, drawn from a variety of sustainable UK sources. Much of the wood is recycled and collected at local authority waste disposal sites throughout the country. It is low value and with no alternative use so most of the wood would have previously been sent to landfill sites. The station is also fuelled by sawmill residues and small roundwood logs from managed forests throughout the Northeast of the country as well as short rotation coppice, a fast growing form of willow.

By generating genuine renewable energy, Wilton 10 is helping in the UK’s quest for a low carbon future, saving more than 200,000 tonnes a year of carbon dioxide emissions compared to a fossil fuel power station of a similar capacity - the equivalent to the CO2 emissions of around 67,000 vehicles a year. It also helps to provide site customers with a more sustainable source of energy and boosts jobs and the economy in the forestry, wood recycling and transport sectors. Recent modifications have made the plant significantly more environmentally efficient. An increased amount of heat from the process is now available for distribution around the site instead of sending it into the atmosphere or converting it into water.

North East Bioresources & Renewables, c/o NEPIC, Room H224, Wilton Centre, Wilton, Redcar, TS10 4RF | T +44 (0) 1642 442 560