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Genesis, NZ Bio to study bio-fuel use on Huntly Power Station

NZ Bio is looking into two bio-energy sources.

Genesis Energy and NZ Bio Foresty signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to look into the potential use of bio-fuels and bio-pellets as alternative fuel options for the 953-megawatt thermal plant Huntly Power Station.

In a statement, NZ Bio Chief Executive Wayne Mulligan said the company, which has a technology to convert biomass into bio-fuels and bio-chemicals, intends to study two bio-energy applications that would reduce emissions from the plant.

“We’re looking at producing a high energy source bio-pellet or black pellet to reduce carbon emissions by between 80-90%. This technology could be up and running in the next 12-18 months,” Mulligan said. 

“We’re also planning bio-chemical refining facilities to develop a similar form of energy, providing another alternative fossil-free energy product,” he added.

Genesis said it is focused on establishing new renewable energy capacities such as solar whilst seeking more sustainable fuel for the power station.

It conducted a burn trial of black pellet biomass at the plant earlier this year and partnered with Fonterra to look into the feasibility of a local biomass supply chain.

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