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Sci-fi design and Biomass plants: Dundee

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Gordon Murray Architects’ vision for a new Scotish Biomass plant

Dundee, the ‘City of Discovery’, has a long and distinguished history of scientific endeavour. The plant site is on the same waterfront that harboured Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery, and the notion of the long ship at the water’s edge about to embark on a voyage of scientific exploration is quite explicit in the design.

The main body of the plant hovers above the quayside by use of translucent materials at low level, while the main boiler house becomes an expressive element of Dundee’s skyline. Chris Malcolm

Project data

Planning consent lodged
August 2010
Electricity produced 100MWe
Renewable heat produced 30MWth
Fuel input (up to) tonnes/year
1 million
Capable of producing % of electrical needs 86% Dundee City
Comparative heat production Heating Ninewells hospital more than 6 times over each year

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