The whole site would be constructed on less than half a hectare of land (about half the size of a football pitch), making it much smaller than a traditional power station.
Rated at around 20MW, the plant would consist of up to eight small gas engines, designed to be operated remotely.
The technology is similar to a car engine. The fuel, in this case gas, is burned with air inside the engine to produce hot gases that are used to drive a piston up and down. In a car the power generated by the piston is used to drive the wheels. However in a power plant like this, the motion of the pistons will be used to drive the generator, which produces the electricity.
The engines would be operated as a highly flexible ‘peaking plant’ meaning that they can quickly respond to local peaks in demand within around five minutes.
The plants would typically run for only a few hours on weekdays to meet periods of high demand and help ensure our homes have a secure supply of electricity for years to come.