UK's first advanced thermal conversion waste plant

For the first time in the UK, advanced thermal conversion technology has been applied to a UK waste stream.

For the first time in the UK, advanced thermal conversion technology has been applied to a UK waste stream.

The Energos gasification plant on the Isle of Wight is half way through its final commissioning run, which is expected to be fully operational by mid November.

This small, community sized facility is part of Defra’s New Technology Demonstrator Programme. It runs alongside Biffa subsidiary Island Waste Services’ waste processing and recycling operation and generates 2.3MW of green electricity from residual waste, enough to power more than 3,000 homes. 

Managing director of Energos, Nick Dawber, said: “We are very proud to have made available to the UK waste industry the first viable and proven alternative to incineration. We can make a significant contribution to the government’s renewables target, with a typical Energos plant generating 8MW of green electricity. This is sufficient to power 10,000 homes and would equate to the output of 18 large wind turbines.

“The project makes use of existing infrastructure and equipment (including boilers, steam turbine, and flue gas cleaning equipment) from a former incineration plant. This has caused a delay in opening because it has taken longer than anticipated to integrate the old equipment into the new control system. However, the final trials are running smoothly and we are very pleased to be achieving consistently low emissions performance.”

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