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Wood chip to power Britain's first eco village

Britains first eco village near Bristol will use Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology to provide the electricity and heat needed to power 200 eco-homes. The sustainable homes will use a biomass CHP plant fuelled by wood chips to provide the power to all the homes. English Partnerships, the Governments land quango, selected Barratt Developments to build the eco-village on the site of the old Hanham Hall hospital. Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper said: We have set a world-beating target that all new homes must be zero carbon by 2016. People said this couldnt be done, but, in fact, this first Carbon Challenge site shows that developers are already preparing to build the first major development of zero carbon homes. The heat from the CHP will be provided directly into hot water cylinders in the homes through an underground heat network, which will provide constant hot water. The CHP plant will connect back into the National Grid, allowing the export of surplus carbon neutral electricity and this connection, along with the back up gas boilers, will enable supplies to continue when the equipment onsite is being maintained. The Bristol site is expected to provide a blueprint for the long term plans of the Government to build up to 100,000 super-energy-efficient homes. Barratt Developments chief executive Mark Clare said: Barratt fully supports the zero carbon objective and we want to make as big a contribution as we can as quickly as we can. We are delighted to be asked to deliver this ground-breaking project, which will be the first large-scale zero carbon community in the country. It will enable a family occupying one of these homes to reduce their entire carbon footprint by 60%.

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