Waste2Tricity (W2T) announced the start of a Concept Design Study for the development of an advanced waste-to-energy plant. The facility will convert approximately 100,000 tonnes a year of feedstock – residual household or commercial and industrial waste – to low carbon electricity.
W2T, in conjunction with its engineer AMEC and consultant Foster Wheeler, is working with partners to draw up plans for the 13.6MW plant, which will produce nearly 109,000 MW hours of low carbon electricity a year – enough to power around 24,000 homes. The project will utilize internal combustion engines, but W2T expects it to also demonstrate AFC Energy’s alkaline fuel cells, as they become commercially available. The equivalent fuel cell plant will export an additional 43% of electricity from the same amount of feedstock.
The project will use Westinghouse plasma assisted gasification from Alter NRG, to convert waste sourced from several suppliers including Energy Gap Ltd. Alter NRG is providing a discounted technology license for the project in exchange for an option to take a minority investment.
Peter Jones, Chairman of W2T says the company believe there is a potential market in the UK for up to 100 units of this size. “Once we are able to deploy fuel cells, the output from our plants will increase substantially and be carbon capture ready – holding out the prospect of carbon negative electricity,” he says.
Waste2Tricity also recently announced the launch of its wholly owned subsidiary Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) Ltd, and the opening of its offices in the Rajchathewi district of Bangkok. W2T says the company hopes to take advantage of the subsidies that exist in the Thai region and the natural opportunities that exist in its expanding economy that has inherent issues with waste management and a shortage of power.
Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) Ltd will seek opportunities to deploy the Alter NRG Westinghouse plasma technology in multiple locations.