Now its “green” to ship trees to power stations

Now it is “green” to ship trees to power stations and burn them, according to E.ON in this report from Cleantech. E.ON, which is planning a timber fired electricity generation station in the Port of Bristol. Is it sustainable?  What area would need to be felled each year… What is E.ON doing to replace those trees? It makes me weep. 

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5 Responses to Now its “green” to ship trees to power stations

  1. David B. Benson 22 August, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    I know of two electric generation stations in the U.S. which use nothing but forestry wastes for fuel; one is about 150 km north of here and has been in operation for at least 15 years. I know of at least two operations in the Netherlands producing torrified wood for co-fueling with coal; at least one uses only forestry wastes. There is a plan afoot to use torrified forestry wastes in South Carolina to co-fire about 10–20% of South Carolina’s generating requirement.

    I read a comment on Climate Progress from a man claiming his company was going to buy existing coal-fired elctric power stations in China and burn torrified wood in them. He didn’t say where the wood was coming from, but in recent years the Chinese have been planting hundreds and hundreds of millions of trees.

    Done with suffcient replanting, all this is far, far better than burning that hideous stuff, coal.

  2. Simon Robinson 22 August, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    Hi David,

    Well it would make sense if they are going to use renewable resources. But there’s no sign that they are in the release or on the website. Maybe I’m just being pessimistic. I’ll have to get the dictionary out on torrified though.


  3. David B. Benson 23 August, 2008 at 1:26 am #

    Torrifaction down about four headlines on

  4. David B. Benson 1 September, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    Except the usual spelling is ‘torrefaction’.

  5. Graham 24 June, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    I live close to Bristol, and it’s just a very cheap, lazy solution and not that green at all. On that port it is windy (west-facing), so wind turbines should be an option too.

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