Drinks company Heineken UK (www.heinekeninternational.com) announced the opening of two new biomass power plants in the United Kingdom, according to a report by Industrial Info Resources (www.industrialinfo.com). Industrial Info say the biomass plants started operating last month at the company”s Royal Brewery in Manchester and the John Smith”s Brewery in Tadcaster, burning locally sourced woodchips to generate steam and electricity.

Both plants have the capability of having additional equipment installed that will burn spent grain for increased electricity generation. The plants have been designed to produce 37,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power the breweries, as well as feeding excess power to the national grid, according to Industrial Info.

Construction of the biomass plants started in 2007. Together, the facilities will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 30,000 tonnes per year, reports Industrial Info.

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