Waste and recycling company, AmeyCespa has received planning permission for its Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, which will utilise gasification technology from Manchester based Energos to recover energy from waste.
The Waste Recovery Park, which is scheduled to start on site in 2014 and begin processing waste in 2016, was approved unanimously by Milton Keynes Council’s Development Control Committee following six months of borough-wide community consultation and liaison.
The Waste Recovery Park includes recycling and anaerobic digestion technologies, as well as a 90,000 tonne per year Energos advanced waste to energy facility will generate 7MW of electricity.
According to Energos, the gasification plant will process non-recyclable, non-hazardous residual household waste - as the final stage of a three-step waste treatment process.
The technology supplier said that it has developed a total of seven waste fuelled advanced thermal conversion facilities across Europe, including the UK's only operational facility.
The company is also currently building its second UK plant at Viridor’s Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre, and has recently received planning permission for a third facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Energos explained that its gasification process converts residual waste into a syngas by using the heat of partial combustion to free hydrogen and carbon in the waste.
The syngas is used to produce high temperature , which can then be converted into electricity in a turbine.
The company claimed that the Waste Recovery Park will reduce Milton Keynes Council's current waste management bill by more than £50 million and help reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill.
In combination with Milton Keynes Council’s existing recycling initiatives, Energos said that the new facility will ensure that only around 2% of the borough’s waste will be landfilled.
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