W2T unveils site for flagship renewable energy plant


Waste2Tricity (W2T) has announced the Bilsthorpe Business Park, Nottinghamshire, will be home to the new, modern and efficient Bilsthorpe Energy Centre (BEC). The Centre will include two key parts; a Materials Recycling Facility and a Gasification Facility. Peel Environmental is working with W2T to deliver the Energy Centre that expects to divert around 120,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill. 

W2T in conjunction with its engineer AMEC and consultant Foster Wheeler (Nasdaq: FWLT), is working with partners to draw up plans for the advanced waste-to-energy plant to export up to 10.2MW of electricity. Currently in a Concept Design Study (CDS) phase, once fully operational, the plant will produce nearly 109,000 MW hours of electricity a year - enough to power around 24,000 homes. BEC will utilise internal combustion engines, but W2T expects it to also demonstrate AFC Energy’s alkaline fuel cells, as they become commercially available. The equivalent fuel cell plant would export 40% more electricity from the same amount of feedstock. The CDS is set to be completed in August this year with Peel currently undertaking Public Consultation as part of the planning process. 

Peter Jones OBE, Chairman of W2T says, “This medium-scale build forms part of our strategic programme to pursue similar opportunities in the UK and abroad. This Flagship project will also be replicated in a number of locations including Thailand. The fuel-cell ready Energy Centre will represent an inward investment of approximately £70 million to the local economy and will contribute to and diversify the UK’s energy generation capacity by creating a distributed low cost hydrogen and electricity network through the deployment of such systems around the country.” 

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