The ROC is part of the Governments Renewable Obligation, which is imposed on all electrical suppliers to ensure that 10% of all electricity in the UK is generated from renewable sources by 2010.
Energos managing director Nick Dawber said: This is a landmark step for new generation energy-from-waste technologies like ours. This is the first project of its type to qualify for ROCs and with Government support under the Renewable Obligation we can roll out our ambitious expansion programme across the UK.
We have the potential to make a significant contribution to the Governments ambitious renewables target, with a typical Energos plant generating 8MW of green electricity per hour. This is sufficient to power 10,000 homes and would equate to the output of 18 large wind turbines. We offer a proven and world class, low-emission gasification technology that will also make a key contribution to the Governments landfill diversion targets.
The Isle of Wight plant, which is part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs New Technology Demonstrator Programme, will open fully next month. It will generate 2.3MW of green electricity from waste, enough to power more than 3,000 homes.
The gasification process converts residual waste into a gas by using the heat of partial combustion to free the compounds within the waste. The heat is recovered to produce steam and electricity.
Image: Energos plant drawing (Isle of Wight plant)