- ETI will invest £8m in the project
- The Plant will deliver a Waste Gasification system capable of high efficiencies and a potential future to deliver chemicals or fuels such as green aviation fuel.
- Up to around 100 construction jobs and 25 permanent operations jobs will be created
Work has started to build an innovative waste gasification plant in the West Midlands known as the Sustainable Energy Centre, creating around 100 construction jobs and 25 new permanent jobs once operational.
The project is being led by Kew Technology with Turner and Townsend acting as Principal Contractor. Mace are providing EPC advice for exploitation and Otto Simon from Cheadle in Cheshire are acting as Principal Designer. Frontline are designing the gasifier and FB Tanks & Vesco are manufacturing the pressure vessels.
The 1.5MWe facility, which will produce enough electrical power to supply 2,500 homes, will use advanced gasification to produce power at high efficiency and high reliability from sorted and processed municipal waste.
The project will convert about 40 tonnes a day of post recycling, refuse derived fuel (RDF) produced locally into a clean syngas. The syngas will then be converted into power using a modified high- efficiency gas engine, and waste heat generated from the engine will be made available to heat a local swimming pool.
The plant is more compact than many other energy from waste designs and could be suitable for providing heat and power to factories, hospitals as well as being suitable to integrate with heat networks in towns and cities.
It will also incorporate a unique test facility which will allow the testing of new engines, turbines and upgrading processes which produce products from waste derived clean syngas including a proprietary methanol production process which boosts product yield significantly over rival technologies.
Further details are available from the Kew Technology website: https://www.kew-tech.com/