An energy-from-waste (EfW) facility has outperformed its capacity in terms of energy produced and tonnage of waste processed during the year.
The Lakeside EfW plant, a joint venture between recycling and waste companies Viridor and Grundon Waste Management, received over 440,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual waste in the year running up to October 2013, despite only having a technical specified capacity of around 410,000 tonnes. Lakeside’s planning consent does not specify an upper limit capacity.
The Slough-based facility also exported around 276,000 MWh of power in its third year of operations, but was only designed to export around 241,000 MWh.
Furthermore, the plant’s overall energy capacity for the year was 39 MW compared to its designed capacity of 37 MW.
Dan Cooke, Viridor director of external affairs, told MRW: “At a time when a new generation (of EfW plants) is being built, we can show that the modern plants are outperforming their design specs. We hope that Lakeside provides a good benchmark for our other EfW plants.”
Viridor now have seven EfW projects under construction, with several due online in 2014, at:
- Ardley, Oxfordshire
- Trident Park, Cardiff
- Runcorn EfW CHP – Phases I & II
- Glasgow Resource Recovery Centre (incorporating gasification technology)
Planning consent has also been granted for plants at Dunbar and Avonmouth.