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Welland Bio Power Plant will divert up to 60,000 dry tonnes of dry waste wood from landfill each year

New energy-from-waste plant 'signals industry shift'

A £51.6m renewable energy power plant which will provide the equivalent of 17,000 homes with electricity generated from waste wood has been given the go-ahead to be built in Northamptonshire.

The project will be the first commercial scale, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) gasification plant to be financed by third party investors in the UK

£30m waste-to-energy investment by GIB propels sector into 'new phase'

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made a 'landmark' £30m investment in the construction of a new £60m advanced-technology Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Hertfordshire.

Working together, the two facilities will save around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2e emissions

GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.

MPs call for Defra to show leadership on waste policy to help England meet its 2020 recycling target

Defra slammed for 'stepping back' from waste

Defra has been slammed for "stepping back" from waste and needs to show strong leadership in order to improve England's recycling rate, a cross-party committee of MPs has said.

Impetus will supply waste for a new gasification plant

Private equity firm backs Impetus Waste Management MBO

Private equity specialist Agilitas has announced that it has invested in the management buyout of Impetus Waste Management.

With a consortium of investors putting a total of $47.8m into the project, the plant will use a new gasification technology that will convert recovered wood into electricity.

UK GIB invests in 'first of its kind' wood-to-energy plant

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has today announced an investment project that will see a new 10.3MW renewable energy plant built in Tyseley, Birmingham.

Latest sponsor adds support to Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013

edie and Sustainable Business magazine are delighted to welcome Air Products on board as a 2013 Sustainability Leaders Awards sponsor.

Aerial image of the London Sustainable Industries Park site, courtesy of the Greater London Authority, where the UK's first cradle-to-cradle demonstrator will be built

UK's first cradle-to-cradle demonstrator gets London planning permit

The UK's first cross-business cradle-to-cradle demonstrator has been granted planning permission and will be built on an industrial park in East London.

Population growth is a major consideration in developing the 'smart city'

Resource efficiency is key to the evolution of the 'smart city'

The evolution of the 'smart city' will require a new way of providing infrastructure and utilities to a growing population as well as a major uptake in resource efficiency, finds Leigh Stringer.

Value of European EfW market will rise to $5bn by 2016

Investment in the European energy-from-waste (EfW) market is expected to reach $5bn by 2016 as landfill diversion strategies gather pace over the next three years.

British Airways takes off with waste-sourced aviation biofuels

British Airways has entered into a joint venture to source aviation biofuel from waste in Europe's first commercial-scale low carbon jet fuel production facility.

Abramovich becomes the latest billionaire to support clean-tech energy

Chelsea FC boss Abramovich backs investment in EfW

Ervington Investments, which is backed by Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, has acquired a 10% stake in UK energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity.

Upgrading MSW before energy recovery sparks profit potential

Pre-treating household waste before sending it to energy recovery could offer higher financial returns for waste operators, according to new research.

Jonathan Porritt: More understanding is needed around innovative energy recovery solutions

Jonathon Porritt advocates EfW for plastics recovery

Enviromentalist Jonathon Porritt has called for a more open debate on the potential of using waste-to-energy to recover the calorific value in plastics waste.

Government faces calls to bolster support for EfW

Energy-from-waste leaders have called on the Government to do more to back low carbon technologies following the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle this week.

ROCs support set to underpin UK gasification surge

Over 100 advanced gasification plants need to be built in the UK by 2030 if Europe is to deliver on its renewable energy targets, according to latest research.

EfW vital to UK meeting future waste targets

A pressing need to increase recovery rates for non-municipal waste streams will drive strong growth in energy-from-waste (EfW) technologies over the next four years, new research reveals.

Air Products is exploring the feasbility of generating hydrogen from waste

Major retailer set to power up with clean-tech EfW

Air Products has secured its first power offtake agreement with a high street retail chain for electricity generated by its advanced gasification facility when it goes live in 2014.

World's biggest MRF powers into action

The world's largest materials recovery facility (MRF) capable of processing 110 tonnes of recyclables an hour has opened in Newby Island Resource Recovery Park, California.

Artist's impression of the Teeside gasification plant

Teeside set to host world's largest gasification facility

Air Products will build and operate a 50MW advanced gasification plant making it the most powerful energy-from-waste facility of its type in the world, the company claims.

The proposed renewable energy centre that Viridor plans to build

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

Lots to report on the energy-from-waste (EfW) front this week, with major infrastructure due to come on-stream across England, Scotland and Wales over the next three years.

Onshore wind sector will continue to grow, despite 10% support cut

Wind sector breathes sigh of relief over Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review

The onshore wind sector has expressed relief following the government's Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review, cutting the sector's support by 10% compared to the 25% previously expected.

ANALYSIS: EfW hot winner in ROCs banding review

Energy-from-waste appears to have benefited ahead of other renewable energy technologies under the latest review of the renewables obligation certificate (ROC) subsidy banding.

One of the PyroPure units in diagram form

Clean-tech EfW firm gets commercial go-ahead

A compact advanced thermal treatment technology that can deal with complex waste streams on-site has been approved for commercial-scale production by the Environment Agency.

'Inefficient' EfW plants must be more carbon-conscious

Energy recovery facilities are not being run efficiently enough and must utilise their heat potential to maximise carbon savings, a leading technology provider has claimed.

An artist's impression of Origin's proposed gasification facility

In brief: energy-from-waste contract news

Latest waste-to-energy developments across the UK involve a mix of technologies including gasification, anaerobic digestion and biomass for wood waste.

Third of EfW operators predict downturn in 2013

A third of energy-from-waste operators across Europe are forecasting a contraction in business activity over the next 12 months, according to new research.

Choose your exit markets carefully: Peter Jones

Keeping up with Jones

He's one of the waste industry's brightest sparks - and usually streets ahead in his thinking around modern resource management. Maxine Perella finally catches up with Peter Jones

Fast growing economies like China will fuel demand for waste-to-energy treatment capacity

Global EfW boom could see market value rise to $80bn

The value of the international waste-to-energy market could top $80bn by 2022 as analysts forecast accelerated growth for the sector over the next decade.

The story made a big splash on the cover of The Times newspaper

Localism debate ignites over 'incinerator revolt'

Conflict over the localism agenda and its impact on waste planning has heightened following claims made in The Times newspaper that a "national revolt" was brewing against incinerators.

Bids invited for clean-tech EfW demonstrator project

Partners are being sought for a £13m energy-from-waste demonstrator plant capable of generating energy at efficiencies higher than previously produced.

Energy from Waste Expo set to launch in 2013

The UK's first major dedicated energy-from-waste exhibition, Energy from Waste Expo 2013, will launch next year at Sustainability Live.

Oliver Heath is in favour of greater recovery through energy-from-waste

Oliver Heath endorses gasification waste-to-energy project

Eco-designer Oliver Heath has backed plans for an energy centre that will power local businesses and homes in Northamptonshire.

Among conventional power plants, gas-fired plants consume the least amount of water per unit of energy produced

The water-energy connection

The close links between water and energy mean that efficiencies made in one sector have a beneficial effect in the other. Businesses and investors must be alert to the fact, says Mike Scott.

Energos strengthens EfW reach with BioGen Power acquisition

Energy-from-waste specialist Energos Holdings has acquired BioGen Power through a share swap arrangement.

The RO Consultation a resource(ful) approach?

Advanced Plasma Power chief executive, Rolf Stein, writes for edie energy on the Renewable Obligation consultation which closes this month.

Artist's impression of the EnergyPark site

EfW biomass plant gains double ROCs approval

An energy-from-waste facility in Peterborough has received renewable obligation certificate (ROCs) pre-accreditation approval from Ofgem.

Viridor to build MBT, AD and gasification 'super-hub' in Glasgow

Viridor is set to develop a £150m 'zero waste hub' for Glasgow City Council to treat and dispose of its residual rubbish.

Exclusive - UK to miss renewable fuel targets

A landmark Government study suggests the UK will miss its renewable transport targets unless there is 'significant investment' in a new generation of biofuels.

SITA gasification plant gets go-ahead in Scotland

A gasification facility will be built in Scotland after SITA UK's proposals for the energy recovery plant were given the green light by Perth & Kinross Council.

Landfill gas generation could be worse off under DECC proposals

EfW and landfill gas operators lose out under RO proposals

Energy-from-waste and landfill gas operators could see their renewables obligation (RO) subsidies halve or diminish completely under new government proposals announced today by DECC (October 20).

Representatives from MITIE, O-Gen UK and Una Group

MITIE joint venture powers waste wood gasification plant

Outsourcing firm MITIE is entering the energy market through a joint venture to build a 40,000-tonne waste wood gasification plant in Plymouth.

Business anger as government drags its feet on ACT funding

Writing exclusively for edie a senior member of Air Products has spoken of the frustration of being held back by the lack of clarity around government subsidies for renewables.

An artist's impression of the plant

Air Products wins approval for first EfW

Potentially one of the largest gasification based Energy from Waste (EfW) plants in the UK moved a step closer today.

London recycling board invites bids for waste infrastructure grants

London-based waste projects seeking funding are invited to apply for the second round of funding from the London Waste & Recycling Board's £16M waste infrastructure fund.

Green wonder

Algae is proving itself as one of the most productive sources of biofuel. Frank Rogalla of Aqualia reveals EU demonstration projects being undertaken to enhance efficiencies in the process

World's largest biomass gasification plant announced

What could be the World's largest ever biomass gasification plant will reduce the coal consumption of a power station by up to 40%, according to the firms behind it.

Belgium landfill to be mined in pioneering venture

The world's first hi-tech landfill mining project has been given the go-ahead in Belgium where gasification and plasma technology will be combined to extract materials and energy from buried waste.

An artist's impression of the planned centre

Planned £30M renewable energy site cleared over 'misleading' brochure

A brochure promoting plans for renewable energy centre has been cleared by advertising watchdogs after several complaints.

Inside the Isle of Wight facility

Gasification plant first to receive ROCs

A gasification plant that operates on municipal waste has become the first of its type to receive Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

Johnson says the Dagenham plant will be

Mayor helps work get underway on Dagenham plant

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially launched work at the Biossence East London gasification plant in Dagenham today (9th February).

Plans for £60 million waste recovery plant in Aberdeenshire

SITA UK, the recycling and waste management company are to submit a plan to develop a multi-million pound waste treatment plant in Aberdeenshire.

Artist's impression of Energy Park Peterborough

Peterborough Renewable Energy appoints fourth technology partner

Tetronics has been chosen by Peterborough Renewable Energy (PREL) to supply the plasma technology for Energy Park Peterborough, which is believed to be the first sustainable biomass power plant of its kind in the UK.

Artist's impression of the new centre

Wigan gives environment centre the thumbs up

Wigan Council has approved plans by Blakeleys Waste Management for an Environment, Energy and Ecology Centre at its site on Bickershaw Lane.

View of the planned renewable energy facility next to the MBT

Bristol gives green light to renewable energy facility

Bristol City Council has granted planning permission for a low carbon renewable energy facility to be sited alongside the New Earth Solutions mechanical and biological waste treatment (MBT) facility at Avonmouth, in Bristol.

Cracknell: positive feedback

SITA presents plans to public

SITA UK has hosted a series of public exhibitions at three locations in Scotland, outlining its plans for a gasification facility at the Binn Farm landfill site, near Perth.

Kershaw: finding the best solution for Leicestershire

Two in race for Leicestershire build

Leicestershire County Council has narrowed its search for a company to build a new multi-million pound waste treatment facility in Bardon.


In July, the Government announced its intentions for the Zero Carbon Definition.
Dave Cheshire explains what it actually means in practice for housing development projects

Morgan Est picks up more Severn Trent work

Infrastructure specialist Morgan Est has won a £5M contract to refurbish a sewage treatment works for Severn Trent Water. The contract is for the refurbishment of existing works at Brockhampton Sewage Treatment Works in Gloucestershire.

Inside the award-winning gasification plant

Gasification plant gets green accolade

The UK's first gasification plant to process municipal waste has won national recognition for its innovative approach by scooping the 'Renewable energy project of the year award' in the Environment & Energy Awards 2009.

An artist's impression of the Tockwith plant

BCB revises plans for gasification plant

BCB Environmental Management has submitted a revised application to North Yorkshire County Council to build a £23M gasification plant at Tockwith, near York.

Tracking and controlling air pollution

With air quality issues at the Beijing Olympics making headlines around the world, Phil Branchflower, air quality associate at SLR Consulting, reviews the impact of pollutants on local air quality.

Environmental markets thrive despite economic dip

The economy is going down the tubes, companies are tightening the purse strings, and people are being laid off left, right and centre. It is a perilous job market out there.

Rules 'must change' on energy from sludge

Water UK's Steve Ntifo, environment and science adviser, and Bruce Horton, policy development adviser, discuss the role of energy from sludge in cutting carbon emissions

Taking energy from waste without the carbon

It sounds impossible, but it's not. Bill Butterworth reports on a technology which turns waste into compost, and uses it to grow biofuels

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary May 07

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see the EU authorising the use of six chemicals found in pesticides, new rules on greenhouse gas emission trading in the UK, while Northern Ireland sees a host of new water and sewerage service regulations come into force.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, November 06

This month sees changes to pollution rules across the UK and the EU, with asbestos regulations tightening up in Britain as new additions are made to the list of information, training and protection companies are required to provide asbestos workers with.

Carbon from the Teesside plant would be pumped for storage under the North Sea

Power giant plans 'cleanest' coal plant

A 'clean coal' plant that would capture and bury most of its carbon emissions could become the first coal-fuelled power station to be built in the UK since the seventies, under plans announced by British Gas owner Centrica.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, September 06

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we look at EU attempts to limit POPs entering the waste stream, tax allowances in the UK for energy saving industrial machinery and new regulations to protect the public and workers from radioactive contaminated land in Ireland.

Award nomination for thermal treatment

An innovative gasification process from German manufacturer, Kopf, has won a nomination for the European Environmental Press (EEP) Awards for technology at Pollutec in Paris in November. Kopf executive Eberhard Kipp describes how sewage sludge is converted into energy, pollutants are eliminated and a reusable by-product produced at a pilot plant at Balingen, Germany.

Will high oil price see the return of coal as a mainstream fuel?

Nuclear power is currently the hot topic, but the continuing high oil price could bring clean coal into contention as a mainstream fuel. Eric Russell reports

Edie environmental legislation summary (July 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: EU bans phthalates in toys, 13 alien invaders added to list of plants banned from Scottish wilds, Northern Ireland gets new powers to designate and protect environmentally sensitive areas, UK public sector document to become more public and much more.

Society in denial over waste-to-energy?

Peter Gerstrom, chairman of ICE Waste Management Board asks if Britain is burning its bridges by snubbing incineration.

Bridging the gap

RPS principal consultant Claudia Amos and consultant David Rodgers study ways of determining end markets and uses for waste-derived products

Making sense of sludge

Paul Lowe, Nigel Horan and John Hudson1 discuss the implications of new sewage sludge recycling regulations and the landfill directive

Making sense of sludge

Paul Lowe, Nigel Horan and John Hudson1 discuss the implications of new sewage sludge recycling regulations and the landfill directive

Promoting energy from waste

The UK needs more strategies to recover energy from waste, is the message from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), and waste producers are being asked to help address the issue. An over-reliance on landfill has resulted in a poor take-up of Energy from Waste (EfW) technologies, but the impending landfill tax is beginning to stimulate interest.

Guidance through a risky business

Simon Pollard and Phil Longhurst of Cranfield University discuss how adopting an environmental risk assessment is becoming a necessity for industry.

Alternative fuel: the burning issue

Akbar Ali and Michael Crookes of solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, look at how British manufactures can facilitate the development of cleaner energy.

Raising the temperature

A technology for the safe, economic and environmentally friendly disposal of a wide range of waste has been developed by Compact Power Holdings. Materials such as sewage sludge, clinical waste, waste from vegetable oil refining, tyre crumb and coal slurry are converted into energy and other usable products through sequential pyrolysis, gasification and high temperature oxidation.

Alternative fuel: the burning issue

Akbar Ali and Michael Crookes of solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, look at how British manufactures can facilitate the development of cleaner energy.

Sterilising and sorting municipal waste

Sterecycle has developed a system for sterilising and recycling unsorted domestic waste so that 90% of the waste stream can be diverted from landfill without separated kerbside collection.

NETL develops carbon capture test plant

To accelerate the development of carbon capture, separation and sequestration technologies, the US government’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is constructing a modular, flexible CO2 capture test facility.

Challenges and opportunities

Dr Tom Arnot of Bath University looks at the current situation regarding industrial effluent, likely changes to existing legislation and the implications to developing future technology

Local conditions save on primary energy

Regulations in most European countries stipulate a specific ranking for methods of organic waste treatment.

Thermal treatment of waste gets heated

Director of science at The Natural Step (TNS), Dr Mark Everard identifies the sustainability challenges facing advanced thermal treatment technologies.

Embracing the natural cycle

Colin Brade and Aidan Cumiskey of Monsal look at the positive benefits of using biosolids in agriculture and why the water industry should do more to promote organic recycling

Fibrothetford 38.5MW of power hidden in a Norfolk forest (Fibrowatt)

Energy industry - growing back to its roots

Bioenergy, a diverse array of renewable energies derived from plant or animal matter, first used by the forebears of Homo sapiens at least one and a half million years ago, is making a comeback as a highly sophisticated solution to our energy problems. Not only that, but bioenergy is also proving to be a solution to one of our other burning environmental issues – that of waste and how best to dispose of it.

Sewage sludge: a burning issue

Health and environmental concerns are making the spreading of sludge on agricultural land less attractive. The alternatives, however, are far from established as Chris Webb reports

Renewable energy, now with value added

The renewable energy industry is one of Europe's fastest growing sectors, such that policy makers have now begun to recognise that there are additional economic benefits to be had. During 1998-9, a study carried out by a consortium of organisations led by ECOTEC Research & Consulting set out to answer the question: "Will investment in renewables lead to economic growth?"

Systems range from towers to tunnels

A case for controlled composting

Windrow composting can be difficult to manage, but conditions in a closed system can be closely controlled. Sludge consultant Jim Walker makes a case for in-vessel composting.

Renewable enthusiasm

The Climate Change Levy has re-awakened interest in energy issues in the UK, turning political will into economic incentive. Energy efficiency will once again ascend the agenda on the boards of most companies. Tony Duffin, AEAT Environment, on the rise of renewables.

Gaining planning permission for sludge incinerators can sometimes be difficult

Burning and burying - dealing with sludge

Sludge treatment and disposal has recently been a common discussion subject especially with only three months before the disposal of sludge to sea is banned and recent talks with retailers on what treatment is safe. Gary Wilson examines some of the issues concerning sludge treatment and disposal and what the industry is doing to deal with them.

The ciculating fluidised bed combustor is a hybrid that is capable of burning a wide range of waste materials

Fired up for energy recovery

In part two of our seven-part Waste to Energy series, Robin Holder, Tal Golesworthy and Peter Davies of consultancy Environmental Development Technology explore the basics of burning waste with a look at current and future developments in firing systems.

A Perspective On Disposal Of Sludge To Land In The EU Into The Twenty-First Century

News release: Ashbrook Simon-Hartley’s Business Development Director, Peter McLoughlin, considers the implications for water utilities’ sludge disposal strategy and technology selection for the future.

World’s first clean coal-fuel cell power plant nears completion

Completion of the world’s first clean coal-fuel cell demonstration power plant is in the final stages in the US.

US presidential campaign being fought on energy issue

Two runners in the 2004 US presidential campaign have published their proposed energy plans, both calling for a reduction in the country’s dependence on foreign supplies of oil, and for an increase in cleaner energy sources.

HMS-G-08-0030-PP hydraulic membrane pump

With its new HMS-G-08-0030-PP hydraulic membrane pump, Abel has managed not only to augment the product side by imporoving service friendliness; but also on the hydraulic side too by introducing a innovative regulation valve that does away with the seperate safety and degasification valves. Filter press regulation is possible without frequency converter.

Despite nimby-ism, waste-to-energy market growing

The European waste-to-energy market is set to grow by a further 166 plants by 2009, despite widespread opposition by environmentalists concerned that it is taking the focus away from recycling, and residents who protest that they should be ‘not-in-my-back-yard’.

Government to consult on the use of a cleaner coal demonstration plant

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a consultation on the viability of ‘cleaner coal’ technologies (CCT), and whether government money should be spent on demonstration schemes.

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