UK-based renewable power company Eco2 has set up Wales's first commercial biomass plant.
The 14MW Western Wood Energy station, which is now completely operational, can power more than 30,000 houses in a year.
The plant is fuelled by 160,000 t/yr of wood, with the major portion being supplied by the South Wales-based Forestry Commission.
The plant has been developed in collaboration with Port Talbot's Western Log Group and Good Energies, and is the first in a series of renewable projects proposed by the company.
The company said it aims to develop 11 biomass stations throughout Europe.
The company is developing a 40MW straw plant in Lincolnshire in the UK that will become operational in 2010. A similar plant in Suffolk is currently in the consultation stages.
In Spain, Eco2 plans to establish similar straw-fuelled facilities with the first planned for Osorno, using a €100m ($145m) investment.