Glanford Power Station

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Glanford Power Station
Glanford Power Station, Flixborough.jpg
Glanford Power Station
Glanford Power Station is located in Lincolnshire
Glanford Power Station
Location of Glanford Power Station in Lincolnshire
Country England
Location Lincolnshire, East Midlands
Coordinates 53°37′19″N 0°42′01″W / 53.62199°N 0.700364°W / 53.62199; -0.700364Coordinates: 53°37′19″N 0°42′01″W / 53.62199°N 0.700364°W / 53.62199; -0.700364
Commission date 1993
Operator(s) Fibrogen
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Biofuel
grid reference SE859147

Glanford Power Station is an electricity generating plant located on the Flixborough industrial estate near Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. It generates around 13.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which is enough to provide power to about 32,000 homes. It was designed to generate electricity by the burning of poultry litter, and was only the second of this kind of power station in the world to have been built when it went into operation in 1993. The station is owned by Energy Power Resources (EPR) and operated by its subsidiary Fibrogen.


After the BSE crisis in the 1980s, millions of cattle were slaughtered, and almost half a million tons of dried meat and bone meal (MBM), the cause of the disease, was stockpiled in secure sheds. Glanford Power Station was re-commissioned in May 2000 to burn them. It charges a gate fee for the fuel it burns, which would have otherwise been disposed of using conventional landfills.[1] MBM has around two thirds the energy value of fossil fuels such as coal, and has been labelled carbon neutral. Despite producing "green energy", Glanford Power Station is listed as the 27th largest arsenic air emitter in England and Wales in an air quality report published in February 2000.[2]

In January 2004 Glandford Power Plant received planning permission for the site to be extended to allow other sources of biomass to be burned. The plant technology is based on a conventional moving grate boiler and steam cycle.

In accordance with the United Kingdom Government's new Renewables Obligation incentive mechanism, a premium is paid for renewable electricity generation. Each renewable generator is issued with Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC), which they may sell to other electricity supply companies. This trade allows them to meet their obligation for the proportion of supplied electricity generated from renewable sources. The power output from the Glanford plant qualifies for ROC trading.

The combustion ashes produced by the station are then disposed of via landfill (21% of fuel by mass).[3] Before the switch to MBM, they used to be sold as agricultural fertiliser.[4]


  1. ^ Hirsch, Tim (3 June 2000). "BSE carcasses burned for electricity". BBC News. Retrieved 18 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "UK National Air Quality Archive: Research" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2005. Retrieved 12 August 2006. 
  3. ^ "Energy Power Resources | Assets | Glanford | Detail". Energy Power Resources Ltd. Energy Power Resources Ltd. 2006. Archived from the original on 20 June 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2006. 
  4. ^ "Energy Power Resources | Assets | Glanford | Overview". Energy Power Resources Ltd. Energy Power Resources Ltd. 2006. Archived from the original on 15 August 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2006. 

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