Along with our project partners we are currently building a commercial plant to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of producing green gas through the gasification of household waste. The plant will process 10,000 tonnes per annum of refuse derived fuel and waste wood to produce 22GWh per annum of grid quality natural gas, enough to heat 1,500 homes or power 75 heavy good vehicles.
The demonstration facility will be constructed at APP’s premises in Swindon, UK. Refuse derived fuel will be supplied by Public Power Solutions, who produce the fuel from waste collected from Swindon households. The green gas produced by the facility will be injected into the Wales & West network and be used in a local Compressed Natural Gas filling station operated by Howard Tenens.
The process design of the plant is complete and construction will start in the second half of 2016. The facility is expected to start production of gas in the second half of 2017. Funding for the facility is provided by the project partners and support from the Department for Transport Advanced Biofuels Competition and the Network Innovation Competition which is run by Ofgem. In total the cost of the project is around £23m. The project will combine Advanced Plasma Power’s Gasplasma® technology, which produces a high quality, tar-fee syngas from biomass feedstocks, with Amec Foster Wheeler’s Vesta technology, which converts the syngas to green natural gas. This innovative combination of two developed technologies will deliver a plant that is the first in the world to produce green gas from household waste.