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Europe’s largest coal plant can become almost fully renewable

By District Energy posted 11-03-2022 11:31


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Eleven gigawatts of wind and solar power could replace 80% of the electricity generated by Poland's Belchatow coal plant, report think tank Forum Energii and BloombergNEF.

Most of the lignite-powered electricity generation at Belchatow, Europe’s largest coal-fired power plant, could be made up for by the deployment of renewables paired with batteries or paired with less carbon-intensive thermal capacity such as combined heat and power, according to new research by Polish think tank Forum Energii and research company BloombergNEF (BNEF).

From a land-use perspective, it would be possible to deploy 11 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power in Łódź, the Polish region where Belchatow is located, to replace 80% of its lignite-fired electricity generation, say the authors of the report.

Alternatively, 6GW of wind and solar paired with a gas, biomass or waste-to-energy plant would achieve similar output, finds the report, which was released on 20 October 2022.

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