Helius Energy biomass CHP project moves forward

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted Jan. 22, 2009, at 2:14 p.m. CST

United Kingdom-based Helius Energy PLC announced it had received planning approval from the Moray Council for the installation of a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant at The Combination of Rothes Distillers in Morayshire, Scotland.

The 7.2-megawatt plant will be colocated to the north of Rothes Distillers' existing whisky distillery and will turn "pot ale," the liquid coproduct of whisky production, and wood chips into a concentrated organic fertilizer and electricity.

The electricity generated, which may be used on-site or exported to the national grid, is expected to be enough to power 9,000 homes. The fertilizer will be available for use by local farmers.

Construction of the 35 million (approximately $45 million) project is expected to take 18 months to 24 months to complete.

The project was recently awarded "Best Environmental Initiative" at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in 2008. (Read "Helius Energy receives Scottish Green Energy award.")