Kingsclere villagers express disappointment over biomass consultation

Kingsclere villagers express disappointment over biomass consultation

Kingsclere villagers express disappointment over biomass consultation

First published in News

KINGSCLERE Parish Council has expressed disappointment that it was not consulted at an earlier stage about plans for a biomass processing plant at Greenham Common.

Energy firm Torftech Energy, which is based in Thatcham, is behind plans to create the plant in Greenham Business Park and has applied to West Berkshire Council for planning permission.

The biomass needed to fuel the renewable energy plant will be sourced from within a 30-mile radius, and there are concerns this could have an impact on Kingsclere roads.

Councillor John Sawyer told a meeting on Monday: “The clerk has sent a letter to West Berkshire Council saying we were concerned that as neighbours we were not informed of this formally.

“The timescales make it almost impossible to respond to an extremely complex proposal.

“On the face of it, it’s a good thing for the environment, but we did express some concerns about passing traffic.”

The site would process biomass and waste to produce renewable forms of energy, at a gasifier, south of Buckner Croke Way, on a brownfield site that currently stores processed materials.

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9:44am Thu 28 Aug 14

Almuth says...

People might want to look at the record of biomass gasification plants worldwide. According to a report funded by the German government: "However, some of these plants never worked according to plan. Many have been taken out
of operation after some months of trial. Some plants went up in flames and developers went bankrupt. The few plants that achieved more or less continuous operation were operating under special circumstances: They were part of university research programmes or were operated by the developers themselves. Moreover, in almost all cases about one to two years of adaptation were necessary." (http://www.gvepinte
rnational.org/sites/
default/files/resour
ces/gtz2010-en-small
-scale-electricity-g
eneration-from-bioma
ss-part-i.pdf) This is not a mature technology, it's one marred by 'incidents' such as explosions/fires or venting of toxins straight into the atmosphere to prevent explosions. One of the leading biomass gasification companies worldwide, Nexterra, has just had to close a plant down after 18 months because of corrosion, but another one of their plants had exploded.
People might want to look at the record of biomass gasification plants worldwide. According to a report funded by the German government: "However, some of these plants [small-scale biomass gasifiers in Germany] never worked according to plan. Many have been taken out of operation after some months of trial. Some plants went up in flames and developers went bankrupt. The few plants that achieved more or less continuous operation were operating under special circumstances: They were part of university research programmes or were operated by the developers themselves. Moreover, in almost all cases about one to two years of adaptation were necessary." (http://www.gvepinte rnational.org/sites/ default/files/resour ces/gtz2010-en-small -scale-electricity-g eneration-from-bioma ss-part-i.pdf) This is not a mature technology, it's one marred by 'incidents' such as explosions/fires or venting of toxins straight into the atmosphere to prevent explosions. One of the leading biomass gasification companies worldwide, Nexterra, has just had to close a plant down after 18 months because of corrosion, but another one of their plants had exploded. Almuth
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