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Canary Wharf to pilot EfW micro plants

Canary Wharf is to pilot an on-site energy-from-waste scheme, which will turn food and organic materials into heat, energy and water for use by local businesses.

SEaB Energy will trial its micro power plant technology after winning the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge, a competition designed and delivered by Entiq for Canary Wharf Group (CWG).

The pilot programme will use the company’s Flexibuster technology, which is housed in a 20 foot container. This will be the first time in 30 years that shipping containers have been seen at the former dockyard.

The scheme is designed to eliminate the need to transport food waste to processing plants and reduces the site’s carbon footprint while creating an extra revenue stream.

SEaB Energy chief executive, Sandra Sassow said: “This will allow us to demonstrate to businesses that their waste can be transformed into revenue and carbon offsets, even where space is at a premium. Not only does this make sound commercial sense but it also helps meet their sustainability objectives and lower target emissions for new developments.”

The company, based at University of Southampton Science Park, has also been awarded £50,000 by CWB and will now work closely with event sponsor, Intel.

It has recently improved the Flexibuster unit by lowering the parasitic load and increasing the efficiency of its anaerobic digestion.

CWG chairman and chief executive, Sir George Iacobescu said: “SEaB Energy’s solution will deliver real value, long into the future, to our operations as well as to the workers and future residents of Canary Wharf.”

As reported by MRW, CWG was the first property industry company to achieve the Carbon Trust waste standard.


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