Drax Power Limited is the first power station in the UK to use “Short Rotation Willow Coppice” in a co – firing application in their 4,000 megawatt coal fired power station in North Yorkshire. The trial represents a significant step towards achieving the Government’s targets under the Renewables Obligation requiring 25% of all biomass co-fired in 2009 to be derived from energy crops, 50% in 2010 and 75% in 2011.
Renewable Fuels Ltd, a specialist biomass fuel supply company located in Escrick near York, has negotiated a contract for processed energy crops produced from short rotation willow coppice to be supplied to Drax Power Limited. The energy crops have been harvested from the 1,500 hectares of short rotation willow coppice (SRC) that was originally planted for the ARBRE project at Eggborough, North Yorkshire.
Bob smith Managing Director of RFL said today “that this joint venture is the first major step in creating a real biomass industry in the UK and he looks forward to a substantial growth in energy crop development” …
Source: Renewable Energy Press Release vom 2004-03-18.