The UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced today that it is seeking partners for a new £13 million energy-from-waste demonstrator plant.
The project, which is part of the ETI’s Bio Energy programme, aims to support the design and build of a next generation plant capable of converting typical waste into electricity and heat at a higher efficiency than currently possible.
The ETI wants businesses to tender for participation in the project, which could be designed by 2014 and operational by 2016.
“We have already completed an extensive analysis of the existing energy from waste technologies, as well as the breakdown of typical UK municipal, commercial and industrial waste,” says chief executive David Clarke. “From this research we believe that improved technology for the integrated gasification of waste together with gas clean-up and subsequent combustion of this cleaned gas in either a gas reciprocating engine or turbine would provide an effective and efficient solution.”
The ETI’s initial research indicates that such plants could operate with a net efficiency of 25%, which is considerably more than current plants.
By 2050, such energy-from-waste plants could contribute up to 4% of the UK’s energy supply and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Businesses and organisations interested in participating should submit a notification of intention to put forward a proposal by June 7, with full submissions due by July 2.
For further information:
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E.ON gets go ahead for 150 MW biomass plant in Bristol (13-Mar)
Prince of Wales to invest in energy-from-waste enterprise (23-Feb)
UK government’s first waste-to-energy loan goes to Malaby Biogas (16-Jan)
04 April 2012