Energy technology business Energos has submitted a planning application for a new energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Merseyside at Knowsley Business Park to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
The firm is part of the north-west based renewable company Ener-g plc. It plans to invest £40 million in the new facility which would convert residual waste into electricity for up to 10,000 homes, as well as heat for local industry.
Managing director Nick Dawber said that one of the main reasons why the site was chosen was because of its location, which sits adjacent to two chemical plants. He said that heat from the EfW process could be sold to the plants. Dawber stressed that the planned project was not connected to the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, a local Government body arranging the disposal of household and other waste.
If proposals go through then the plant will take 80,000 tonnes of residual waste per year. Dawber said: We believe that this will be a local solution that deals with local waste within the locality. We will be recycling waste into a useful product - energy that will help support the community.
Energos will be constructing a similar plant in Irvine, Scotland, where planning permission was recently granted without any objections from the local community.
Image: Artist's impression of Knowsley EfW Business Park