Swindon-based waste to energy firm Advanced Plasma Power (APP) has gained planning approval for its proposed 6MW Gasplasma plant at Tyseley in Birmingham.
APP is hoping to build the facility with the support of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) which is currently running a competition for the development of a high technology energy from waste plant.
APP is one of the three firms shortlisted in the competition and one of its competitors, Broadcrown Renewable Energy of Cambridge has also recently announced the preferred location for its facility. The third contender is Dutch firm Royal Dahlman.
The aim of the ETI commissioned and funded 2.8m project is to demonstrate how a plant could create energy from waste at efficiencies higher than previously produced in the industry at this scale. The challenge is that each complete system will need to operate at a net electrical efficiency of at least 25%.
Full proposals have to be submitted to ETI by February 2013 with the winner announced in late Spring 2014.
APP said gaining planning permission from Birmingham city council for its site at Hay Hall Road in the Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District was a key milestone in its proposals for the ETI project.
Rolf Stein, chief executive of APP, commented: Securing planning permission is an important step in moving forward with the ETI competition. This project will enable us to further demonstrate that our technology is highly-efficient, cost-effective and a green alternative to power generation that can reduce carbon emissions, keep energy costs low for consumers and divert waste from landfill.
“Securing planning permission is an important step in moving forward with the ETI competition. This project will enable us to further demonstrate that our technology is highly-efficient, cost-effective and a green alternative to power generation that can reduce carbon emissions, keep energy costs low for consumers and divert waste from landfill”
Rolf Stein, APP
Mr Stein also explained that the excess heat generated by the process would be available to be exported to local heat users.
The APP plant will have refuse-derived fuel (RDF) as its feedstock and will have three process stages: fuel preparation based on a design capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum of mixed waste; syngas production where the RDF is converted into a syngas through the Gasplasma process; and power generation.
The site to be developed by Broadcrown at Wednesbury will handle an estimated 60,000 tonnes of waste using a gasification process with reciprocating engines.
Business development manager Chris Connors said: I think we have always been known for our innovation. ETI continues to be a great vehicle for pioneering in the waste management industry.
A spokesman for Royal Dahlman said that its plant design is based upon MILENA gasification and OLGA gas cleaning (tar removal) technology. Both are patented inventions of ECN, further developed in close cooperation with Royal Dahlman. The combination of MILENA and OLGA produces a clean gas with a high methane content. Its high energy value allows for efficient utilisation of the clean gas in a gas turbine combined cycle (IGCC).The proposed demonstration plant will have a net electrical output of 7MW, which, according to Dahlman, is commercially viable in the UK.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell and the UK Government. Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board.
The ETI explains that it “brings together engineering projects that accelerate the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.”