Facility Will Turn Waste Into Electricity for 50,000 Homes in the North East
February 15, 2011 London, UK
Air Products has today submitted its planning application to Stockton Borough Council for its proposed Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside.
The project will use advanced gasification technology to convert pre-processed household and commercial waste currently going to landfill into baseload, renewable power for up to 50,000 homes in the North East. By diverting waste from landfill the proposed plant will offer an environmentally-friendly solution for the production of renewable energy in the North East. The plant also has the potential to generate renewable hydrogen for mobile and stationary energy applications and is being considered for a demonstration of fuel cell technology.
Submitting this planning application follows more than 12 months of technical and environmental studies, along with detailed design and engineering work. Air Products has also consulted with local area organisations and people living in Port Clarence and Billingham by hosting two public exhibitions, presenting at various meetings and distributing more than 7,500 information leaflets about the project to them.
Supported by the regional development agency One North East via the Tees Valley Industrial Programme, the project has also been welcomed by a number of other local organisations including NEPIC, the North East Chamber of Commerce, Renew@CPI and Tees Valley Unlimited.
If approvals for the proposed project are given - which also include an environmental permitting consent from the Environment Agency - work on the project could start by the end of this year, and enter commercial operation in 2014.
Ian Williamson, European Hydrogen and Bioenergy Director at Air Products said: “Diverting waste from landfill to generate power for homes and businesses makes sense. The proposed 49MW Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility will use the very latest technology to generate power for the region and at the same it will help meet Stockton’s environment, energy and economic investment objectives.
“If we successfully secure permission for the facility, Air Products will be looking to work with local firms in its construction and operation. We’re already working closely with the site’s owners, Impetus Waste Management, and have just brought Foster Wheeler’s Stockton office on board to support us for engineering design, so we know what expertise local companies can bring. In total, we expect this whole project will create up to 50 direct permanent jobs, between 500 and 700 jobs during the construction phase plus it will lead to many other indirect jobs.”
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About the Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility
The proposed Tees Valley Renewable Energy facility will use advanced gasification technology to provide renewable electricity for up to 50,000 homes in the North East. The 49MW power plant will be located at the Reclamation Pond site (adjacent to the North Tees Chemical Complex), which is now part of the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside.
The plant will mostly use non-recyclable waste (i.e. household, commercial and industrial waste left over after recycling) that is currently going to landfill sites in the Teesside area for the production of renewable energy in the North East. Longer term, this plant has the potential to generate a renewable source of hydrogen for commercial use, for example to fuel public transport.
About Advanced Gasification Technology
The facility will be one of the first advanced gasification plants of this size in the UK, using technology already used in other countries and proven as an efficient and environmentally friendly way of producing energy from waste.
Advanced gasification technology is used to convert a variety of feedstocks (for example non-recyclable waste) into an energy rich gas stream product which can be used to generate renewable power, hydrogen or biofuels. A non-hazardous by-product (slag) is also produced which could potentially be beneficially used in the manufacture of other products such as floor tiles, insulation, landscaping blocks or road aggregate.
AlterNRG’s Westinghouse gasification solution – which will be used at the proposed facility - has been operating in waste destruction and generating energy from waste for over 15 years. Two existing facilities in Japan have been processing household and other industrial wastes into energy for over 7 years and have proven to be reliable and below stringent Japanese emission standards. The proposed Air Products facility will incorporate the best available, proprietary clean-up technology to reduce emissions further, making for clean and renewable energy production.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. In fiscal 2010, Air Products had revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,300 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
To find out more information about Air Products Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility please visit: www.airproducts.co.uk/teesvalley.
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