Advanced Plasma Power receives planning permission for its waste to energy project in Tyseley

Press Release: 16 Dec 2013

Advanced Plasma Power (APP), the advanced waste to energy and fuels company, has received planning permission for its proposed 6MW commercial Gasplasma® waste to energy plant in Tyseley, Birmingham. This achievement represents a key milestone in the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) competition, to design the most cost-effective, economically viable and efficient commercial energy from waste demonstrator plant possible. In being awarded planning permission, the project has received the support of the community and Birmingham City Council.

Following planning being granted, the design phase of the project will come to a close in early 2014. This will be followed by the construction phase.

The ETI has selected three companies that are competing to design and develop a plant to demonstrate the maximum possible efficiencies, higher than previously produced in the industry, for plants operating at commercial scale. The winning plant could be designed, built, tested and in operation by 2015.

APP’s Gasplasma® technology is a unique combination of two proven commercial processes – gasification and plasma treatment – to produce a very clean syngas that can efficiently generate energy with minimal visual and environmental impact.  It provides a step change in the provision of waste to energy technology and, with wider adoption, could deliver a significant amount of the UK’s energy needs.

The Gasplasma® plant’s feedstock – residual household and commercial black-bag waste – will be sourced from the local waste companies, turning waste that would have otherwise been destined for landfill into renewable power. Furthermore, the excess heat generated by the process is available to be exported to local heat users.  The plant will provide residents in the Birmingham area with a sustainable means of waste disposal in return for renewable heat and power. Furthermore the plant’s operation is expected to create in excess of 30 permanent jobs in an area earmarked for economic development.  This project builds on APP’s operating experience at its demonstration plant in Swindon that has achieved high levels of efficiency consistently with all types of feedstock.

Rolf Stein, CEO of Advanced Plasma Power stated: “Securing planning permission is an important step in moving forward with the ETI competition. This project will enable us to further demonstrate that our technology is highly-efficient, cost-effective and a green alternative to power generation that can reduce carbon emissions, keep energy costs low for consumers and divert waste from landfill.”


Notes to Editors

About APP
Advanced Plasma Power Limited (APP) is a world leader in advanced waste to energy and fuels technology.  APP is revolutionising the way in which we treat waste sustainably by maximising the value from it as a source of materials and energy while minimising the impact of waste on the environment.  APP has developed the Gasplasma® process, a clean, modular and scalable advanced waste to energy and fuels technology which delivers high efficiencies whilst minimising visual and environmental impact. The Gasplasma® process is an innovative combination of two well-established technologies – gasification and plasma treatment, both of which have decades of proven commercial operation.

The consortium led by APP will design a commercial demonstration facility with an electrical output of 6MW. APP’s proprietary Gasplasma® technology will be used to produce a clean syngas as a fuel for the development and demonstration of high-efficiency power island solutions. The Gasplasma® process uses a separate plasma furnace to crack and clean the crude syngas from a gasifier prior to its direct utilisation in gas engines or a gas turbine.

About ETI
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government. Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board. The ETI brings together engineering projects that accelerate the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.

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