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Blackburn Meadows biomass power station

The Blackburn Meadows 30MW biomass renewable energy plant produces enough power for around 40,000 homes by converting recycled waste wood into electricity. The plant also displaces the emissions of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the UK's roads each year, by burning carbon neutral fuel in place of traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas.

Colt was engaged to design a natural ventilation scheme for the boiler and turbine halls. We used our in-house Orca CFD software to generate a design which enabled us to propose the right aerodynamic area and positions of ventilators that would ensure that temperatures in the internal space would not exceed 50⁰C.

The client was also concerned to ensure that the ventilators would not allow excessive noise to emanate from the building whilst providing excellent weatherproof ventilation in all weathers.

Subsequently we won an order to supply, install, wire and commission a wide range of natural ventilators, including Labyrinth and Apollo roof ventilatorsFCO and Universal Louvre façade ventilators and acoustic baffles.

Project details
  • Location: Birmingham, UK
  • Client / Occupier: E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Biomass Ltd
  • Main Contractor: BAM Nuttall
  • Consulting Engineer / Specialist Contractor: Andritz Energy & Environmental GmbH

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