Genesis’ biomass trial successful; will explore local production and supply chain
Genesis has successfully completed a biomass burn trial as it looks at alternative fuel options for Huntly Power Station.
The objective of the week-long trial was to prove the technical viability of operating a Rankine unit solely on biomass. That was achieved with a Rankine running only on biomass for several hours. It followed significant research and work over the past year to identify the most suitable type of biomass to use, securing a supply of it from offshore, understanding the adjustments needed to operate the Rankine and putting in place robust health and safety guidelines.
International experts involved in converting coal-fuelled power stations to biomass assisted the Genesis team.
Interim Chief Executive, Tracey Hickman, said the trial is important for Genesis and the country given Huntly was built to provide vital back-up to New Zealand’s highly renewable electricity generation.