Wood-to-electricity power plant gets go-ahead in UK first

A power station that will supply more than 17,000 homes with electricity derived from wood is to be built in Birmingham.

The £47.8m Birmingham Bio Power facility, due to be completed early in 2016, will be fuelled by 67,000 tonnes of wood waste every year.

It will be the UK’s first plant to use a process that converts the carbon in wood into gas, which in turn is combusted to raise steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity.

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