Energy from Waste – Project 1

Project Description

Our 26MW Energy from Waste plant is being built at Melton, near Hull in the UK. Located next to our biogas 2 plant, it will burn 250,000 tonnes of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) which is derived from black bin waste after the organic and recyclable materials are removed. With planning permission and a grid connection secured for the four acre site, we are in the process of finalising the plant’s design. Construction is scheduled to begin soon with civil engineering contractor Ashcourt. Solar 21 is on schedule to exit investors on their maturity date starting in December 2021.

Optimal location
The site is optimally located next to Transwaste, the largest waste recycling company in East Yorkshire. Transwaste has a license to handle up to 750,000 tonnes of waste per annum. They will provide a steady supply of feedstock (RDF) to the plant. The plant will have two revenue streams: energy sales and gate fees for RDF taken in from the adjacent waste processing plant.

Fichtner Consulting Engineers have been engaged to conduct a review of the proposed design to ensure that the plant is future proofed in relation to the current and projected future UK waste profile. As part of this review process, informal consultations were conducted with a number of tier 1 and tier 2 EPC contractors for their feedback on the design. Fichtner is advising on the process to select the primary contractor. We have also engaged legal firm Pinsent Masons, led by their highly experienced Energy Partner in Leeds on the contracting strategy and construction contracts. The Ashcourt Group, who previously worked on Solar 21’s biomass and biogas plants, is the preferred civil engineering contractor.

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 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.

Our latest project progress report is available for download below.

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