Ely Power Station at 38MW, is the largest straw burning power station in the world generating over 270GWh each year.
Ely has a wide ranging planning permission and has successfully burned oil seed rape and miscanthus in addition to its usual fuel of cereal straw. The 200,000 tonnes p.a. fuel demand of the plant is supplied by Ely's sister company, Anglian Straw.
The plant is highly efficient, generating steam at 540°C and 92 bar. Noted for its high reliability Ely achieves one of the highest load factors of any renewable energy plant.
In June 2004 EPR took over the operation and maintenance of the plant from the plant constructor FLS Miljo. Control of operations will allow EPR to burn a wider range of fuels opening up the potential for reducing fuel costs and increasing security of supply. In addition, the in-house experience of our operations team in scheduling maintenance effectively will further increase output and reduce costs.