Later this month, the world’s largest biomass-fueled power plant will come online in the United Kingdom, generating an estimated 750 MW of base load renewable power.

The Tilbury, England facility represents a significant step forward for the biomass power generation sector, which is expected to expand rapidly in the coming decade.

As global energy demand escalates and efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions intensify, an increasing number of countries are turning to biomass resources as fuel for commercial-scale electricity production.

According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide biomass power generation capacity will grow to at least 86 GW by 2021, from 58 GW in 2011. That represents a total investment of $104bn from 2008 to 2021.

Reuters reports that the new power station will burn wood pellets to produce electricity and is located on the site of the utility’s ageing Tilbury coal-fired power plant, which will shut down by the end of 2015.

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