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…
How does a biomass power plant work?
Biomass plants work in much the same way as a coal fired power station. The biomass, in our case wood, is processed, chipped and then burnt at really high temperatures. This heat is used to turn water into steam which then powers a turbine, generating electricity. This energy is then used by businesses and organisations in Discovery Park, with the excess, about 80% being carried by cable to the national grid to be used across the region.