The UK is set to have the world’s largest renewable energy plant using advanced gasification energy-from-waste (EfW) technology.
Air Products today announced plans to build and operate the 50MW capacity Tees Valley plant, which is expected to power around 50,000 homes in the UK.
EfW is the process of creating energy from waste in the form of electricity, heat, chemicals, fuels or renewable hydrogen that could be used to power low-carbon vehicles.
The plant is expected to use 350,000 metric tons of non-recyclable waste from landfill every year and create up to 700 jobs.
John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products said: “The UK is committed to diversifying its sources of energy, strengthening its energy security and reducing carbon emissions. This pioneering clean energy technology model is well-suited to these requirements, offering a sustainable solution to the UK’s waste management strategy.
“The facility will also create skilled jobs in the area and we are hopeful it will provide an indirect boost to the local economy through the use of local service companies, hotels and other businesses.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg welcomed the news: “Advanced gasification has a key role to play in delivering renewable energy and I warmly welcome the decision by Air Products to proceed with its Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility. Air Products’ announcement reflects the UK’s commitment and support for clean energy, combined with our stable and transparent environment for investors.”
The project is expected to start commercial operation in 2014.