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UK Project at Bilsthorpe

Waste2Tricity are currently developing their first UK project. The project will be situated at Bilsthorpe Industrial Park, Nottinghamshire, on the site of the old Bilsthorpe Colliery. This site was chosen due to its strategic significance and suitability and regional demand for small scale independent energy technologies contributing renewable energy.

Bilsthorpe artist impression

The region surrounding Bilsthorpe affords significant demand for energy sources, and this project will generate and export enough low carbon electricity to power up to 24,000 homes(1).

The Energy Centre will accept waste arisings from across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas.

The Bilsthorpe project is based on the Waste2Tricity technology template. This involves using waste derived feedstock to generate synthesis gas (syngas) through plasma gasification. This syngas will then be passed through various clean-up processes before exporting up to 10.2MW of electricity to the national grid from internal combustion engine driven generators. This template is an alternative to more traditional energy from waste technologies such as incineration.

Also in line with the Waste2Tricity technology template, the Bilsthorpe project is being developed to be fuel cell ready, with plans in place to pilot around 1MW of AFC Energy's Alkaline Fuel Cells on the site once they are in commercial production. This process will involve the production of hydrogen from syngas, which will then be used to generate highly efficient (above 55%) electricity. The fuel cell model will be deployed in the future by Waste2Tricity, replacing the internal combustion engines in further projects; this will be a game-changing power station template in the energy-from-waste sector.

Benefits

There are many benefits to be reaped from a project such as that being developed by Waste2Tricity at Bilsthorpe.

  • Diversion of waste from landfill
    • About 228 million tonnes of waste is generated every year in England alone (2), a large proportion of which continues to be sent to landfill. Waste2Tricity are diverting waste from landfill in order to produce highly efficient lower-carbon electricity.
  • Efficient electricity
    • Waste2Tricity's technology template is an efficient way to convert waste to electricity.
    • This project is also intended to be ready to demonstrate fuel cells and the potential for carbon capture their use brings, providing the future opportunity for carbon-negative energy generation.
  • Locally generated distributed energy
    • This project will generate enough electricity to power up to 24,000 homes, with electricity fed into the National Grid for distribution.
  • Energy security
    • The UK is highly dependent on electricity generated from fossil fuels and in recent years our dependence on fuel imports has been increasingly apparent. Projects such as the Waste2Tricity Bilsthorpe development produce energy on a local level waste derived feedstock.
  • Employment generation
    • The Bilsthorpe project will generate up to 46 permanent jobs in the local area throughout the period of its operation. This will have a positive socio-economic impact on the surrounding area to complement the environmental benefits.

Process

The facility will recover recyclable materials and energy from waste and employ an oxygen fed plasma assisted gasification technology to process commercial, industrial and municipal waste.

The gasifier will be designed to treat around 97,000 tonnes per annum of feedstock which will generate up to 13.6 Mega Watts(MW) of energy.

The facility will be capable of receiving directly delivered feedstock or prepare the fuel on site through the Waste Processing Plant which will be capable of handling 120,000 tonnes of waste per annum. The facility will comprise the following key components and process areas:

  • Materials Reception, Storage and Handling Facilities
    including Material Recycling Facility
  • Oxygen Production Unit
  • Plasma Gasification Plant
  • Syngas Processing System
  • Power Generation

Partners

Waste2Tricity are working with experienced partners to deliver the Bilsthorpe project on time and to a high standard.

Peel Environmental is the site provider and is managing the planning process, Peel have wide experience in developing energy and infrastructure projects across the UK and this skill has been evident in the professional manner with which they are conducting their work at Bilsthorpe. Our engineering consultants AMEC and Foster Wheeler are both major players in the design of energy generation plan, Waste2Tricity also have the support of a wide range of professional advisors working to deliver this innovative energy-from-waste development.

Timeline

The Bilsthorpe project is anticipated for completion in late 2016, with the application for Planning Permission underway and preparatory engineering design work in progress to ensure completion on time and within budget.


(1) OFGEM typical annual domestic energy consumption figures 18.12011, 3,000kWh per household 3
(2) View gov.uk UK Waste data pdf