Dong Energy has agreed a deal with an enzymes supplier for its site in Cheshire, set to be the world’s first plant to turn residual household waste into green gas and recyclable plastics and metals.
Biotechnology firm Novozymes has signed a long-term non-exclusive agreement to supply enzymes for the REnescience plant in Northwich, which is due to be operational by early 2017.
Thomas Dalsgaard, Dong Energy executive vice-president, said: “It’s important to extract as many resources as possible from waste, and the enzymes are an important part of the process where we convert waste into green energy and recyclable material.
“We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Novozymes on setting up this type of plant.”
Novozymes vice-president Thomas Schrøder said: “Waste is a major problem for many urban areas around the world, but this technology turns the problem into a resource. Biorefineries like this are excellent examples of the circular economy in practice.”
The companies have also agreed to further develop the enzymes to extract more materials from the feedstock supplied by FCC Environment, which collects household waste in the region.
Dong Energy will look at building similar plants in other countries.