A waste management company in southern England recently celebrated turning on a $4.5m (£3m) combined heat and power biomass boiler.
Basingstoke Skip Hire and Southern Waste Management fired up their Italian-made electricity-generating boiler, which burns 36 tonnes of waste wood per day. The wood comes from old commercial pallets that in the past would have gone to landfill.
The biomass boiler generates 700kw of electricity every hour to the National Grid which is enough electricity to power 1,483 homes.
Company director Laurie Hughes believes the move is an important part of the company’s future. “The main idea was to create green energy and reuse our wood and save it from landfill,” she said. “The bulk of the UK’s waste wood is shipped abroad to places like Belgium. It’s a crying shame really because we are giving all this wood for Belgium to use for its own green energy.”