Energy from Waste – Project 1

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Solar 21 has negotiated the project rights to develop a portfolio of Energy from Waste (EfW) plants in Northern England. “Project 1” has been selected and is on track for development to begin in 2018. The current phase of the project is focused on discharge of the pre-commencement planning conditions.

What is Energy from Waste?

Energy from Waste, also known as waste-to-energy, allows energy to be produced from waste that is not recyclable or compostable. In this way it provides a sustainable, safe and affordable waste treatment solution.

Waste will be received in the form of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) which is produced by removing recyclable materials from “black bin” waste and then drying and shredding the remaining material.  The RDF is burned at 760⁰C and the energy recovered as electricity and/or heat. The preferred technology is two-stage combustion via fluidised bed, which is similar to the technology built by Hull-based manufacturer CF Struthers for our award-winning biomass plant, Tansterne.

The plant will help the local authority meet its environmental and waste management targets as well as supporting the UK Government’s commitment to zero avoidable waste going to landfill by 2050, announced in the Clean Growth Strategy published in October 2017.

The benefits to the local area are the reduction of 10,000 lorry movements each year, the creation of 25 full time permanent jobs and ensuring the continued employment of 100 local skilled manufacturing jobs and 150 construction jobs.

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