At least three more New Technology Demonstrator Programme (NTDP) facilities are due to be operational by the end of this year, bringing the total open to seven.
This leaves only one facility, out of the eight planned, to announce its opening date, according to programme manager Enviros.
Progress is slightly behind the original schedule, but programme consultant Andrew Forrest explained: There has been no specific delay, each project is unique and has its own barriers or delays for various reasons. These are part of the learning process. You can learn from issues that come up and its an important part of the programme. They wont be avoided or skirted over when we come to report on the results.
The programme is due to finish in April 2009, when all performance results will be published.
Forrest also told MRW that of the NTDP projects being developed the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, which uses complex recycling and heat treatment, had just become operational, and that there will be a late summer (August/September) launch for a Waste Gas Technology gasification plant on the Isle of Wight. He said that the Scarborough Power pyrolysis plant would open later this year but could not confirm if it would be operational by the autumn.
However, a start up date for the final NTDP project, the Avonmouth Renewable Energy Plant, which will combine pyrolysis and gasification, is yet to be announced. Forrest explained: A new company, Ethos Recycling, took over the business [previously run by Compact Power] earlier this year, which has put the project back on track.
The three launches will follow on from the April 11 open day held at Envars aerobic in-vessel composting plant in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, which opened in October last year. Forrest explained: This type of event is aimed at local authorities to inform them about these types of technologies so that they can make an informed decision when they have to choose between proposals. At the moment authorities have to base their decision on individual company sales pitches.
Enviros Consulting manages the programme for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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Image: Inside the Envar aerobic in-vessel composting plant at St Ives, Cambridgeshire