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Another Power station converts to Biomass

June 2, 2017

Drax power will need 15 million tonnes of wood pellets to meet demand for 2018.


Drax power station is located in Selby, North Yorkshire. The power plant has 6 turbines which can produce 3,960 megawatts of energy. These six turbines produce enough energy to satisfy the needs of 6 million homes and businesses in the region which is equal to 7% of the United Kingdoms total electricity supply.

Because of its size the coal fired plant was once the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the UK.

But since 2010 the plant has started the process of converting its large turbines to run on biomass to reduce CO2 emissions, the plant started by converting 2 turbines and it is committed to converting 2 more turbines by 2018.


In order to achieve this Drax power will require an annual supply of 7-8million tonnes of woodpellets per year, the majority of which will come from North America and Canada. By converting to biomass Drax calculates that it will reduce carbon emissions by 80% when compared to coal as a fuel source.