Welcome to the Kent Renewable Energy Biomass CHP website, where you can find out more about our combined heat and power plant, keep up to date with what’s happening, learn how a biomass plant works, find the answers to some of the questions we are asked most often and explore how our project is becoming a part of your local community. Please explore our website, and do come back to visit as we will regularly update the information for you. If you have any comments or questions that you can’t find the answer to then contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
Kent Combined Heat and Power Plant
of green electricity
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tons of CO2 a year
Now our combined heat and power plant is fully operational it will generate around 27MW of green electricity. Our plant burns locally sourced wood fuel to generate heat and power for Discovery Park and export electricity to the national grid. We generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 50,000 homes and save over 100,000 tons of CO2 every year. It’s difficult to visualise how much that is but would look the same as 165,000 really big hot air balloons and the saving is equal to over 1 million plane flights to Paris. Around 15 – 20% of the clean, green energy we generate is supplied directly to the tenants of Discovery Park, who also benefit from the heat generated by the steam from our plant.
Kent Combined Heat and Power Plant is now officially open
The power plant generates 27MW of renewable electricity using locally sourced wood as fuel, which is the equivalent of supplying 50,000 homes and saving over 100,000 tons of CO2 every year. The…
Does burning biomass emit more harmful greenhouse gases than coal?
No. Our biomass power plant is saving in the region of 150,000 tons of polluting CO2 every year. The difference between using biomass and coal or other fossil fuels is simply that the carbon released through burning biomass has only very recently been absorbed from the environment so is part of the existing carbon cycle, the carbon from fossil fuels was absorbed millions of years ago so when released adds to the carbon in the atmosphere. Furthermore, waste wood not collected and used in this way is often disposed in landfill, where it decomposes releasing methane, a gas around 20 times more harmful to the environment than CO2.