Historically, the utility-scale power plant design has been determined by scale economics, fuel availability and environmental impact. The world’s first 300 MW class, 100 per cent biomass-fired Tees renewable energy plant (Teesside) is being constructed based on these parameters.
published in Renewable Watch, March 2018 Issue
The 299 MWe plant, located in the Teesport Estate near Middlesbrough, UK, will become the world’s largest circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology-based plant firing only virgin biomass sourced from international sustainable sources. Teesside is expected to start commercial service in January 2020. The principal market driver for the development of the Teesside plant was environmental, that is, decarbonization of the UK energy generation industry in order to help meet the country’s carbon emission reduction target. Promoting natural gas and nuclear energy is also part of the country’s approach to carbon emission reduction. However, the future cost of natural gas is uncertain and prices are often quite volatile. Nuclear energy, on the other hand, is carbon-free but new plants are controversial and have an uncertain lead time.Read full article