E.ON to build biomass power plant in Hürth, Germany

Mott MacDonald 29 Nov 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

German electric utility E.ON has announced plans to construct a biomass power plant on a paper mill site provided by UPM in Hürth, Germany.

The new biomass plant has been designed to have an electrical output of 20MW, while its thermal firing capacity is 87MW. E.ON is planning to invest nearly €110m ($121m) in the project. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in the first quarter of 2022.

The biomass plant will supply heat to the Hürth paper mill, while generating renewable energy which will be fed to the grid, contributing to German energy transition. E.ON will obtain the fuel, residual wood, from the regional environment.

E.ON board member Karsten Wildberger said: “Together with UPM, we will demonstrate that it's possible to supply an energy-intensive industrial company with an economical and reliable CO2-neutral energy supply.

“We will be contributing our experience and mature technology to the partnership. UPM and E.ON will thus set an example of climate-friendly energy supply for industry that goes far beyond the paper industry.”

UPM communication papers executive vice president Winfried Schaur said: “The new supply would significantly reduce UPM Hürth's CO2 footprint. The project supports the long-term phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Germany.

“The new plant ensures a stable and economically predictable supply of heat to the site and would make our production cycle in Hürth, which is already based on 100 percent recovered paper, even more sustainable.”

E.ON and UPM are already cooperating at UPM’s site in Plattling, Bavaria. E.ON supplies the Bavarian paper mill with gas and steam power. The electric company also operates industrial-scale biomass power plants in the UK and Sweden.

In September this year, E.ON announced the construction of the 150MW Boiling Springs wind farm in the US.

All the power generated from the wind farm will be sold to Honda automotive group under a long-term power purchase agreement. Honda will use the energy to produce automobiles at its plants in Ohio and Alabama.

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Image: E.ON to build new biomass plant in Germany. Photo: Courtesy of E.ON SE.

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