Waste-to-energy projects have been big business for Lockheed Martin over the past several months, which have seen the company ink agreements and begin construction on these facilities in the US and Europe.
Today, Lockheed Martin announced another waste-to-energy plant in Cardiff, Wales and a teaming agreement with CoGen Limited to develop additional projects in the UK.
Considering the global waste-to-energy market is expected to reach $37.64 billion by 2020, up from $25.3 billion in 2013, it looks like a smart business move.
The Cardiff facility will process about 150,000 tons of waste per year and convert it into up to 15 megawatts of energy. Construction is planned for 2018, with operations starting in 2020.
CoGen will serve as the owner and developer of the Cardiff project and Lockheed Martin will lead the engineering, procurement, manufacturing and construction of the plant.
The facility will use Concord Blue’s Reformer technology, which converts waste to energy through a process called advanced gasification. This technology can convert nearly any kind of organic waste into clean energy. Unlike incineration, the process is oxygen-free and flame-free, which limits emissions and means no harmful byproducts are produced, the company says.
In addition to the Wales project, Lockheed Martin and CoGen will jointly pursue other similar projects, and smaller-scale waste-to-energy developments for commercial and industrial businesses throughout the UK.
Ian Brooking, chief executive officer of CoGen, says the Cadriff waste-to-energy will be the first of a “pipeline of projects” over the next decade that will divert waste from landfill while also producing clean energy.
The Cadriff project follows a similar waste-to-energy project under construction in Herten, Germany. This 5 MW facility, expected to be online next year, will also use Concord Blue’s Reformer technology and will process 50,000 tons of waste annually.
Concord Blue awarded Lockheed Martin Energy a $43 million contract to build the Herten plant. The two companies also signed a partnership agreement through 2026 that enables Lockheed Martin to serve as Concord Blue’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor for future bioenergy conversion project.
Last month the companies also opened a waste-to-energy plant at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York operations where it designs and builds space-flight hardware, military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.