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Compact power to solve Royal Navy ship waste problem

Energy from waste company Compact Power has received an order from QinetiQ to design and supply a waste processing plant in the Royal Navys largest surface vessel HMS Ocean.

Compact Power Business development director Richard Hogg said the system would be installed sometime in 2007.

The £238,000 order will see the ships solid waste reduced to an inert ash that can be easily and cleanly stored prior to unloading when the vessel docks, solving the problem faced with storing and removing rotting waste when a ship returns to port. The waste will be reduced by 95% and while the ash is likely to go to landfill, it could be used in building material.

Hogg added the system would be the first plant of its kind on any ship.

The ships system will be a small-scale version of Compact Powers pyrolysis and gasification process that produces energy from waste. It follows the successful construction and operation of a prototype for QinetiQ at its test facility at Haslar near Gosport.

QinetiQ business development manager Ian Grant said: By combining the technical knowledge of both companies QinetiQ feel confident that we have a world beating technology for the treatment of waste on marine vessels and that this will be a major step forward in allowing the Royal Navy to meet its future goal of setting the environmental standard for the operation of military vessels around the world.

Hogg added that the system has been promoted with other navies as well as cruise liners and other ships.

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