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BioSNG Project

Advanced Plasma Power, alongside its partners National Grid, Progressive Energy and Carbotech, have won funding from both Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition and from the European BESTF-ERANET programme to build a plant that demonstrates renewable gas production by thermal gasification of mixed domestic and commercial waste derived fuels and pure biomass feedstocks.

The separate technological elements that are needed to make bio-substitute natural gas (bioSNG) from waste are already proven but up until now they have not been put together in an end-to-end process.

The consortium celebrated the success of the pilot plant when it succesfully gasified refuse derived fuel, produced from mixed household “black bag” waste, to produce a so called synthesis gas which was then cleaned in a high temperature plasma furnace to remove tars and other contaminants.  The clean gas then underwent a series of catalysed reactions to convert it into methane.

Construction has now begun on a full scale commerical demonstration plant that is aimed to be completed in early 2018.

For more information, please visit the project wesbite by clicking here.

National Grid

National Grid, Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy have embarked on a project to transform waste into Bio Substitute Natural Gas.  The project will deliver an end-to-end process for converting waste to Bio-SNG, using Gasplasma® technology.

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society – to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the centre of the energy system and we ‘join everything up’.  In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. More information at www.nationalgrid.com.

For more information on the project, please visit the project page by clicking here.

Progressive Energy

Progressive Energy, Advanced Plasma Power and National Grid have embarked on a project to transform waste into Bio Substitute Natural Gas. The project will deliver an end-to-end process for converting waste to Bio-SNG, using Gasplasma® technology.

Progressive Energy is a market leading project development company, specialising in clean energy and carbon abatement in the energy sector through the deployment of carbon capture and storage and renewable energy technologies. More information at http://www.progressive-energy.com.

For more information on the project, please visit the project page by clicking here.

Tetronics International

Tetronics International is the global leader in the supply of Direct Current Plasma Arc systems for a wide range of applications including Waste Recovery, Hazardous Waste Treatment, Metal Recovery and production processes. Tetronics’ capabilities encompass everything from initial testing of the process material, through design, supply and onsite installation and on-going support of full commercial plants. For more information on Tetronics International, click here.

Swindon Plant

Advanced Plasma Power operates a working scale version of the 150,000 tonnes per year Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Gasplasma® plant. We operate the Gasplasma® facility to test waste feedstocks, supplied by clients, helping to maximise the efficiency of the fuel used in the full-scale energy from waste plant. Using plasma technology coupled with gasification, this unique facility enables us to investigate the transformation of wastes into syngas, Plasmarok®, heat and power in support of client and government-sponsored programmes, often as a prelude to the supply of major capital equipment. This process is supported by all the necessary services and utilities, under the appropriate regulatory approvals from the UK Environment Agency and backed up by comprehensive data acquisition and external chemical analysis services.

Port of Hamilton, Canada

Advanced Plasma Power has signed a contract as the technology provider for a new 20MW waste to energy plant in the Port of Hamilton, Canada being built by Port Fuels & Materials Services, Inc.  The contract, valued at nearly £20 million, represents the company’s first order for a full-scale commercial facility and is a significant step towards the widespread adoption of its technology.

The plant will process a wide range of waste streams produced in the Port of Hamilton region to deliver a clean, high quality syngas that will be used directly in highly efficient gas engines to generate power.  Construction on site will start upon completion of consents and permitting, which are now well underway.

For more information, please read the press release.

Group Machiels

APP and Group Machiels are to undertake the first enhanced landfill mining project in the world. The joint venture aims to construct an energy plant using up to five Gasplasma® units, with a net electrical power of 75 to 100 MW – this is equivalent to the energy required to power 100,000 homes. The energy produced by the Gasplasma® units will be fed into the national electricity grid in Flanders. More than 16 million tonnes of waste is stored at the land field site, Remo Milieubeheer NV in Houthalen-Hechteren, Belgium, a subsidiary of Group Machiels. The type, amount and location of the waste stored are well documented, allowing for effective and efficient mining. Around 45% of the stored waste can be recycled as material. The recycling residue can be processed through APP’s patented Gasplasma® technology, Europe’s first truly sustainable waste-to-energy application of this kind. Louis Machiels, Chairman of Group Machiels:

This joint venture is an important step in the realisation of a ground breaking project. It is part of our Closing the Circle philosophy that wants to contribute significantly both to a cradle to cradle approach of the use of materials and the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere. The energy plant that we will build together with APP is one of the key elements for the success of our plans.
Plasma Green Energy LLP (PGE)

APP has entered into an exclusive licence arrangement with institutionally funded Plasma Green Energy (PGE) – a joint venture partner in which APP holds a 20% interest – to construct and operate Gasplasma® plants globally utilising particular industrial wastes. The key features of the deal include:

  • An exclusive upfront licence fee of £6.25m payable to APP, with plant licence fees and royalties payable to APP thereafter on a project specific basis;
  • Exclusive rights for PGE to market the Gasplasma® solution for use in treating specific industrial waste feedstocks which arise from certain industrial processes and applications including oil, petrochemical, coal and paper industry wastes;
  • Initial exclusivity period of 5 years during which time PGE will be required to secure sales for a minimum of 540,000 tonnes per year of throughput (or the equivalent of six standard APP plants). Thereafter, the annual sales milestones require the purchase of the equivalent of four plants in Year 6  and then five plants from Year 7 onwards in order for exclusivity to be maintained;
  • Exclusive supply arrangement for Gasplasma® plants with APP worth in excess of £100m in revenue to APP in the next five years;
  • A non-exclusive agency arrangement with plasma specialist (and APP supplier) Tetronics International allowing PGE to market Tetronics’ hazardous waste solutions into the same industrial waste markets.
Outotec

Outotec USA is APP’s partner of choice for the supply of the fluid bed gasifier in the Gasplasma® energy from waste process. Outotec USA was established in 1973 and since then has had over 5 million hours of commercial scale operating experience. They have tested and used successfully over 200 different types of feedstocks and have over 100 operating fluid bed energy systems globally.