27 Jan 2009 04:01:19
Company appointed for 8MW energy-from-waste plant
A renewable energy firm that has built the UK's first waste gasification plant on the Isle of Wight is to build a "community sized" energy-from-waste facility in Derbyshire.
Energos has been appointed by United Utilities and Interserve to provide the technology for a joint venture to build an energy plant that is integrated into a waste treatment facility.
Nick Dawber, managing director of Energos, said: "Recycling is the backbone of any waste management strategy and the proposed Derbyshire gasification plant would only handle the leftover, residual waste that could not be processed through the facility's recycling operation. This is a community-sized solution to responsibly dealing with local waste."
The company's technology involves heating non-recyclable waste, partially burning it, to release a synthetic gas which can be burned to create steam to power a turbine.
Around 140,000 tonnes of fuel will be created this way and will be used to generate eight megawatts of electricity.
Another waste to energy project will see Sainsbury's use waste from its Scottish stores to make biofuel and renewable energy.
Sainsbury's environment manager said: "Each tonne of food waste diverted from landfill by Sainsbury's will generate enough power for 500 homes and will save three tonnes of carbon dioxide compared to fossil fuels."http://www.energ.co.uk/