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Biomass, China



About the project

The National Bachu Biomass Power Generation Project utilizes biomass/agricultural residue (mainly cotton stalks) to generate renewable electricity in, Bachu County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China.


The project involves the installation of a 12MW biomass power plant which will utilize 130,000 tonnes of biomass residues to generate 59 000 MWh per year to the Northwest China Power Grid. In absence of the project the biomass residues would be burned in the fields or abandoned.


How does the project contribute to carbon reduction?

The project reduces an estimated 47,000 tons CO2 per year by replacing electricity which would otherwise be generated by fossil fuel fired power plants operating in the Northwest China Power Grid.


Who is behind the project

The Project is developed by National Bio Energy Co.,Ltd. a state owned company which specialises in the comprehensive development and utilization of China’s biomass waste resources, through the construction and operation of state-of-the-art biomass power plants.


The company has 29 plants in operation, 8 under construction, and another 13 approved projects with a total installed capacity of 1 million kW, in over 12 provinces across China. Since the launch of the first plant, National Bio Energy Co., Ltd has generated over 10.2 billion kW of green electricity, increased farmers’ income by USD 2.4 billion, provided over 75,000 jobs in rural areas, and reduced over 13 million tons of CO2.


Key benefits

  • Carbon reduction of 120,163 tCO2 between January 2011 and August 2013;
  • Increase farmers’ income by USD 4.25 million per year through the purchase of biomass residues;
  • Alleviates energy poverty by improving power supply and grid stability in remote rural areas, especially during the spring ploughing season;
  • Creation of 112 direct job positions on site and many others throughout the biomass supply chain;
  • Reduces open-field biomass burning which can reduce the risk of accidents, air pollution and respiratory diseases.