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Eye Power Station
Eye, Suffolk
associated engineer
Not known
date  1994
era  Modern  |  category  Power Generation  |  reference  TM134750
An electricity-generating plant run entirely on the waste of Suffolk's battery-farming chicken industry. It's the first power station of this kind in Europe.
The industrial steel-clad buildings stand at the end of a disused runway, sunk between grassy banks. Their size and shape are entirely determined by the purpose-built plant they contain.
A steam-driven turbine drives the generator, and is fuelled by chicken waste burnt at 850-1000 degrees Celsius. The plant utilises the litter of 100,000 chickens — half the annual waste of the Suffolk battery farming industry — to heat 10,000 homes, and produce 200 tonnes of ash weekly to be used as nitrogen-free fertiliser.
Architect: Lifschutz Davidson
Plant Designers: Aalborg, Denmark (boilermakers)
reference sources   LG/SJ

Eye Power Station