01 Apr 2009 05:04:12
Army trees to heat and power barracks
Trees from army land are to heat and power barracks as part of the "world's first military zero carbon investment in renewable energy".
Wood gasification technology from Schmitt Enertec is to be used to generate both electricity and hot water for the army installations.
The cogeneration and combined heat and power manufacturer said that trees would be grown on army land and harvested for its Enercarb plant.
Its wood gas technology, which uses raw wood chips to generate energy without crating tar, can be used to produce up to 1,000 kilowatts of electricity and 2,100 kilowatts of thermal energy.
According to a statement from the company, one tree can power 400 homes for a day.
"We have been working for eight years on this technology and are proud that the Army and Johnson Controls have selected us to help turn the world greener. The military zero carbon heat and power solution is a world first," said Frank Schmitt of Schmitt Enertec.
The Carbon Trust has launched the Biomass Heat Accelerator initiative to speed the uptake of the technology.www.alfagy.com