A biomass-fired CHP unit is to supply heat and electricity to British Army barracks in the UK.

Using technology developed by Schmitt Enertec, which used to repair engines for army trucks, trees grown on Army land are to be used in the new Enercarb plant.

The Enercarb heat and power plant converts raw wood chips using a fully automatic and tar-fee wood gasification process, the company says.

Schmitt Enertec is mass producing the Enercarb plant throughout 2009 which will provide distributed heat and power generation using local biomass resources. The Enercarb programme is expected to create a minimum of 3000 jobs.

In using the technology the Army hopes to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, including oil and gas, and at the same time use locally-sourced wood.

‘We have been working for eight years on this technology and are proud that the Army and Johnson Controls have selected us to help turn the world greener. The military zero carbon heat and power solution is a world first,” says Frank Schmitt of Schmitt Enertec GmbH.’