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Glanford Biomass Power Station
Flixborough Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, UK
associated engineer
Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd
Mott MacDonald
date  November 1993
era  Modern  |  category  Power Generation  |  reference  SE862142
Initially designed to run on poultry litter, Glanford Power Station can now use any biomass as a fuel source. This proved particularly important during the UK's BSE crisis, which there was a great need to burn meat and bone meal.
The plant has a capacity of 13.5MW and generates electricity from 89,000 tonnes of biomass annually. The biomass is incinerated in a combustion chamber on a moving chain grate with spreader stoker. This heats water in the boiler, producing steam. The steam drives a turbine connected to an electrical generator.
The electricity goes to the UK's National Grid, while the steam is condensed into hot water and returns to the boiler. Exhaust gases from the combustion chamber are treated (cleaned and purified) before release.
Glanford was recommissioned in May 2000 to burn meat and bone meal. It was used to burn the remains of cattle afflicted with BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). This is a Category 1 (very high risk) animal by-product and attracts a gate fee, paid on delivery, which offsets some of the running costs of the plant. Since January 2004 the reconfigured site can burn any biomass, including meat and bone meal from any source.
The power station is operated by EPR Glanford Ltd. Engineer for the project was Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, while Mott MacDonald carried out feasibility and impact studies, and design work, for the recommissioning.
Boiler supply: Aalborg Boliers A/S
Turbine supply: NEI / W.H. Allen
Research: ECPK
"Poultry Waste" by Jeff Mochan, 9th June 2008, document in PDF available on www.niassembly.gov.uk

Glanford Biomass Power Station