18 Dec 2008 05:12:08
Belfast rubbish to generate electricity
Methane emissions from a Belfast landfill will power an electricity generating facility set to be completed next year, the council has announced.
The Giant's Park site, being developed by Renewable Power Systems, is expected to produce enough gas to power the equivalent of up to 6,000 homes.
A new cable and sub-station will be built for the facility to export the electricity to the National Grid, from which the council will earn money.
Finance for the £4 million project comes from the Climate Change Capital run Ventus Funds.
Belfast Lord Mayor councillor Tom Hartley said: "The electricity generating facility at Giants Park will be of enormous environmental and economic benefit to Belfast.
"It will help create a brighter, cleaner and greener future for the city by eliminating the escape of potentially harmful greenhouse gas. It will also add to the amount of 'green' electricity produced from a sustainable source."
As well as the gas-powered generation plant, the project also aims to create a 220 acre public park.
Earlier this month the Institute for Mechanical Engineers called for waste to be reclassified as an energy resource, though its preferred method for extracting energy from waste was through an Energy from Waste plant in which rubbish is burned.
Its A Wasted Opportunity Report noted that 300 million tonnes of waste are created per year.http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/news/news.asp?id=1478