A green gas plant under construction in Swindon is claimed to be the first in the UK to convert household waste into bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG).
Advanced Plasma Power and Cadent’s £25 million facility has received £11 million of government funding and will use a fully automated fuel handling system.
Once operational, the plant will process 10,000 tonnes of household waste and produce 22GWh of power a year, enough to heat 1,500 homes or fuel 75 heavy goods vehicles.
Waste will be delivered once each day and up to 150 cubic metres will be stored for weekend operation.
Matt Drew, Managing Director for fuel system developers Saxlund International, said: “Producing 80% lower carbon emissions than fossil gas, BioSNG is recognised as being key to decarbonising heat and transport in the UK and internationally.
“Like all of the bioenergy and gasification plants we are currently involved with, fuel handling and storage are critical areas to get right to ensure plant efficiency and peak productivity.”
Resource management firm Veolia is to generate green energy from its former landfill sites.