Bidders sought for £13m energy from waste project

A UK technology institute is looking for partners to take part in a £13m project to design and build a demonstrator plant to convert waste into electricity and heat.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a public-private partnership between BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls Royce, Shell and the UK government – wants businesses to tender for participation in the plant.

The aim of the project is to commercially demonstrate how such a plant can create power and heat from waste at efficiencies higher than previously produced.  It is hoped the plant could be designed by 2014 and operational by 2016.

Chief executive of the ETI David Clarke said: “Bio energy should be a key component of any future energy systems mix. 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.

“From this research we believe that improved technology for the integrated gasification of waste, together with gas clean-up and subsequent combustion of this cleaned gas in either a gas reciprocating engine or turbine, would provide an effective and efficient solution. Our modelling indicates that such a plant design could operate at a net efficiency of 25 per cent, which significantly exceeds the performance of current plants in operation.”

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