BioGen Power, a UK renewable energy company, has been given permission to build its first Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in North Ayrshire, Scotland.
The plant will cost ?40 million, and is based on Biogen's strategy of building and operating small scale Advanced Thermal Treatment [gasification and pyrolysis process] EfW facilities. About 75% of the waste input into the EfW facility will be re-used as either energy or residual material.
BioGen is now in discussions with other local authorities across Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland as part of its ?600m plan to build 12 small scale EfW plants in the UK over the next five years.
Chief executive Chris Reeve said: ?Local authorities are under increasing pressure to reduce landfill waste and the UK needs to find more sources of clean and sustainable energy. Our EfW technology is one solution to both of these issues and we are now confident our success in North Ayrshire will be repeated throughout the UK as we apply to build and operate further plants in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.?
The plant will treat approximately 80,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year and will generate around 7 megawatts of electricity per hour for the National Grid.
Image: BioGen chief executive Chris Reeve