New Chinese Biomass Power Plant Will Use Native Plants to Replace 80,000 Tons of Coal a Year

common sea-buckthorn photo

Common sea-buckthorn photo: Wikipedia

If grown, harvested and used under the right conditions, electricity generated from biomass can have seriously lower carbon emissions than fossil fuels, sometimes up to 98% lower than coal. Which is good because China's Baotou Kaidi Sunshine Energy Investment has announced that it will be building a biomass-fueled power plant in Inner Mongolia that will be able to prevent the burning of 80,000 tons of coal annually:Cleantech reports that the $147 million power plant will be built in Baotou, Inner Mongolia's largest city. It is expected to generate 150 million kWh of electricity per year, using some 130,000 tons of biomass.

The native plants to be used are the sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides, a thorny plant with medicinal uses) and the Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens).

via: Cleantech
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