East Midlands-based waste management and recycling firm Mid UK Recycling has delivered its first load of waste-derived biomass wood chip to a £30m energy facility in Sheffield.
The company has been handed a ten-year contract to supply 25,000 tonnes of wood chip per-year to the Holbrook Community Renewable Energy Centre Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP), which has been built by Kantor Energy Ltd.
The plant is currently being commissioned and once running will be managed by Veolia Energy Services Ltd.
This contract has seen Mid UK Recycling invest close to £1.6 million in its operations, including upgrading its waste wood processing facilities at its Caythorpe site and purchasing three new Scania vehicles and three Legras walking floor trailers to deliver the product to the CHP plant.
It has also increased its waste wood in-take sourced from Household Waste Recycling Centres and waste transfer stations in the Midlands and East Anglia areas, as well as local businesses.
Chris Mountain, managing director of Mid UK Recycling Ltd, said: “This is a major contract for us and gives us the security of long-term, sustainable off-take which in turn means we can more easily guarantee consistency in taking wood in. We have invested heavily to support this project to ensure we can supply good quality biomass chip to the client, and we’re very excited to be a part of it.
“We take our responsibility of zero waste to landfill very seriously. We have worked hard over the past five years to ensure we can move waste up the hierarchy by focused investment on the utilisation of advanced recycling technologies.”
“This is a major contract for us and gives us the security of long-term, sustainable off-take which in turn means we can more easily guarantee consistency in taking wood in. We have invested heavily to support this project to ensure we can supply good quality biomass chip to the client, and we’re very excited to be a part of it.”
Once operational, the Holbrook Community Renewable CHP plant will generate 6.5 MW of renewable electricity and supply heat to around 6,700 local homes and commercial properties, with a capacity to handle up to 55,000 tonnes per year of in-feed material.
Turboden Srl – which is part of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group – has supplied the 6.5MW electricity generation equipment, which uses ‘organic rankine cycle’ (ORC) turbogenerators with air condensers for the facility.
This sees biomass fuel burned in two water-cooled moving grate furnaces, and Turboden’s technology uses ‘organic fluid’ vapour as the driving force for the turbine within a closed loop heating circuit.