Hungary passes biomass

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The power plant of Pécs in southern Hungary, is phasing out coal, highly polluting, in favor of wood. Since August 2004, one of four boilers of the plant is fueled with wood, others still burning gas and coal. The wood boiler is a cogeneration unit that heats much of this city of 170.000 inhabitants, supplies steam to 22 large companies and provides electric power 50 180 megawatts on the plant. The coal boiler should be stopped permanently in the spring. The gain on the quality of discharges into the atmosphere will be very important. Furthermore, this conversion also meets the need to find new sources of energy, at a time when local mines close. But biomass does not necessarily mean the end of threats to the environment. A boiler, it burns a lot, and local environmentalists are concerned about the Hungarian forests. The solution would be to plant trees on the lands since the EU restricts agricultural production of its members. Or burn a cereal, Elymus elongata, developed by Hungarian research institute.

Liberation, January 08 2005 (summary) Antoine Blouet


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