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Call for 100 extra gasification plants

The UK needs more than 100 additional advanced gasification power plants to be built by 2030, according to a market study.

CHO Power, which published the report, said the increase was necessary if the UK was to meet EU renewable energy targets.

The report also said 650 extra plants were need across western Europe, including Poland, and Scandinavia.

It said the UK would make up more than 16% of the market by 2013: “This ranks the UK as one of the most attractive markets in Europe sustained by landfill costs and the virtuous Renewable Obligation system has recently confirmed its support to the gasification technology”.

Biomass, from mixed solid waste to wood pellets, is a growing market but said to have been limited by the lack of appropriate technologies.

CHO Power’s technology converts residual waste and biomass, enhancing the gasification process with plasma torch technology.

The CHO Power study suggests the additional renewable electricity capacity to be installed between 2015 and 2030 is 19,649 megawatt electrical (MWe); from which 6,501 MWe could be produced by advanced gasification technologies.

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