Biomass generation is just the same as
generating electricity using coal or gas, albeit at a smaller
scale and using a “sustainable” fuel source – in
this instance woodchip. The woodchip will be burned to
turn a steam turbine, with the power generated going into
the local grid.
The woodchip will be imported by ship
from sustainable and verifiable forestry sources primarily
from Scotland, Europe and America, and this stock will be continually
replenished as it is used. The station will help to meet
the UK’s renewable energy target of 20% by 2020,
accounting for around 5.5% of the renewables target. It
will save about 1.2million tonnes of CO2 per year.
Tyne REP will work around the clock, every day of the year,
it will be able to produce more clean electricity each
year than a 1,000MW wind farm, such as the proposed London
Array, despite being 1/3rd of the capacity.
To produce 1,000MW using wind would need
around 300-400 wind turbines. That would take up around
5,000 hectares, compared to the 14 required for Tyne REP.
We will continue to add details to this page as the project progresses.