Arizona Power Plant To Run On Forest Thinnings

A power plant in Northern Arizona that will run on trees thinned from the forest to prevent fires has received an air-quality permit from the state, officials said Monday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit to Concord Blue Eagar, an affiliate of a larger company called Concord Blue Energy. The company must […]

A power plant in Northern Arizona that will run on trees thinned from the forest to prevent fires has received an air-quality permit from the state, officials said Monday.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit to Concord Blue Eagar, an affiliate of a larger company called Concord Blue Energy.

The company must secure contracts for wood fuel from the surrounding forests, which are part of a major restoration project that aims to thin out overgrown Ponderosa pine in Arizona to reduce the threat of wildfire. The plant should be complete this year, according to Concord. The plant will use 75 tons of wood fuel per day, according to Concord.

Previously, the company said it would attempt to make jet fuel from wood. Now, however, the company plans to use the wood to create a natural-gas-like fuel by heating it to as much as 650 degrees Celsius in the absence of oxygen, preventing it from burning. The gas can then be burned to generate electricity and the “char” left behind can be sold for other products, such as fertilizer, according to the company.

The power plant will have a capacity of 1 megawatt, which is enough electricity to power about 250 homes at once while the plant is running. The power will be sold to Navapache Electric Cooperative Inc., according to Concord.

From AZ Central: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2016/02/09/northern-arizona-power-plant-run-forest-thinnings/80029200/

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