Energy

NZ should turn to wood to replace coal – Genesis

Ian Llewellyn
Tue, 01 Mar 2022

NZ should turn to wood to replace coal – Genesis
Genesis says Huntly power station going 'green' should be seriously contemplated as a solution to dry year risk. (Image: supplied)
Ian Llewellyn
Tue, 01 Mar 2022
Genesis Energy believes converting part of the Huntly power station to run on biofuel could be economic, but it will need a source of the specialist wood fuel needed to be created in New Zealand, which the government could assist in setting up.Genesis chief executive Marc England said preliminary work showed converting two of the Rankine units at the station is technically feasible and they could last until 2040 using steam-exploded wood pellets.Steam-exploded pellets are created by treating woody biomass with pressurised hot water. Carbon emis...

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