The Drax power station is located in North Yorkshire, near Selby. As the largest renewable power station in the UK, it provides 12% of the renewable power.
The Drax power station is seen as a secure alternative to other renewable energy sources. Those that rely on wind or solar power to generate energy are referred to as intermittent sources.
The power station uses biomass pellets to reduce carbon emissions. The biomass pellets used to generate energy produce 80% fewer carbon emissions than alternatives like coal.
They use carbon capture and storage to reduce the carbon emissions that are generated.
15 TWh (terawatt-hours) are generated by the power station every year. This is enough to power 5 million homes.
Over 700 people work at the North Yorkshire power station.
Of the six boilers used at the station to generate energy, four have been converted to biomass.
Biomass pellets are made from wood pellets. The wood used is sustainably sourced. Responsibly managed forests in Europe, the US, Brazil, and Canada all provide the wood used.
Drax has also created its own wood pellet processing plants. They aim to supply 80% of the pellets required for their power stations by 2027.
The power station feeds the national grid. This makes it easier for businesses to get renewable energy.