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.

The project, led by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), will aim to demonstrate this ability on a commercial scale. The ETI now wants to engage with key stakeholders who could help in its design and development.

The technology is likely to focus on integrated gasification, together with gas clean-up and combustion of the cleaned gas in either a gas reciprocating engine or turbine.

Modelling carried out by the ETI suggests that such a plant design could operate at a net efficiency of 25%, significanting exceeds the performance of current plants in operation. It is hoped the plant could be designed by 2014 and operational by 2016.

Commenting on the project, ETI chief executive Dr David Clarke said: “Bio-energy should be a key component of any future energy systems mix to meet the demands of providing affordable, clean and secure energy.

“We have already completed an extensive analysis of the existing energy from waste technologies, as well as the breakdown of typical UK municipal, commercial and industrial waste.”

The ETI has today issued a request for proposals for interested parties.

Maxine Perella

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