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Gasification and plasma treatment facility granted planning permission

A commercial gasification and plasma treatment facility capable of generating 6MW of electricity in the Midlands has received planning permission.

Advanced Plasma Power (APP) will complete its design phase for a plant at Tyseley, Birmingham, in early 2014 followed by a construction phase.

The renewable energy project has received the support of the community and Birmingham City Council, according to APP.

The company said that its Gasplasma technology produces a synthetic gas that can generate energy with minimal visual and environmental impact.

The excess heat generated by the process can also be exported to local heat users.

The plant’s operation is also expected to create in excess of 30 jobs.

The residual household and commercial black-bag waste feedstock will be sourced from local waste companies.

The project is part of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) competition to design the most cost-effective, economically viable and efficient commercial energy from waste demonstrator plant possible.

Rolf Stein, APP chief executive officer, said: “Securing planning permission is an important step in moving forward with the ETI competition.

“This project will enable us to further demonstrate that our technology is highly-efficient, cost-effective and a green alternative to power generation that can reduce carbon emissions, keep energy costs low for consumers and divert waste from landfill.”

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