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New Gasplasma waste treatment facility could be operational in 2009

A new solution that turns residual municipal and commercial waste into renewable energy with virtually no by-product to landfill could soon be up and running in the UK.

Advanced Plasma Power (APP) has launched a renewable energy and environmentally friendly waste management system which uses the Gasplasma Process. This advanced conversion technology combines conventional gasification with proven plasma arc technology traditionally used for hazardous waste and metals recovery.

APPs process converts organic matter into gas useable for renewable energy generation, converts inorganic matter into an inert vitrified residue suitable for use as an aggregate, delivering a landfill diversion rate of about 95%.

Interest has been shown in the technology. APP chief executive Andrew Hamilton said: We are hoping to get the first plant signed up this year. It would take a year to build so 2009 would be the earliest it would come on stream.

I think it will have international appeal, although we are going to concentrate on the UK market first.

APP says the technology complements recycling schemes, working more efficiently after recyclates have been removed. It does not envisage planning difficulties, as Gasplasma facilities can be built on a small scale, to handle waste from local communities, reducing transport costs and emissions. A 6,000 m2 plant would be similar to an average retail outlet and chimney stacks significantly smaller than those found on incinerators. Hamilton added that the process was very quiet and had no odours.

APP will design, build, finance and operate the facilities, but look to secure waste supply contracts with commercial operations and local authorities.

As Hamilton explained, the energy from waste system recognises the concept of waste as a resource.

We have a home grown source of energy that we are just throwing away. We have got to do something with our residual waste and we might as well do something of national benefit, he said.

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