Novillars Doubs biomass-fired plant operational

French ecology minister opens facility with capacities of 20MWe and a 63MWth

Renewable energy plant developer Akuo Energy has confirmed it has put an €87m biomass-fired plant into operation.

In a statement, issued last Friday, the company said France’s ecology and transition minister, Emmanuelle Wargon, had formally declared the plant open.

Wargon said: "What we see here is action, acts in the service of a great ambition. This project is absolutely exemplary... when we see this type of project, we say the energy transition is possible."

About €3m of the plant’s overall cost was raised through a crowdfunding via the AkuoCoop platform, according to the statement.

ENDS has previously reported that Denmark-based Aalborg Energie Technik was building the plant at the Gemdoubs Novillars paper mill.

The biomass facility itself will have a capacity of 20MWe and supply about 63MWth in the form of process steam to the paper mill.

The plant will process waste from the forestry sector within a 50-kilometre radius, according to the statement, which does not appear to give precise feedstock capacities.

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