Planning permission for an onsite gasification plant fuelled by waste wood has been granted to Growing Beds Recycling Services (GBRS) and Pure Power. Under a reciprocal contract between the two, the 1.5MW plant will be owned, financed and constructed by Pure Power, but will be built on GBRSs site at Ravesden, Bedfordshire. Pure Power will rent the land from GBRS and sell the energy created to the National Grid. While fuel for the plant will come from GBRS, which processes waste wood from Household Waste Recycling Centres, construction sites, and pallets from Buckingham County Council and Northamptonshire Borough Council.
Pure Power managing director Adam Overfield explained: Rather than develop large scale plants, we develop modest ones where the fuel exists already, which reduces the load movement.
The deal with GBRS began when I met managing director Mark Evans, over two years ago. He was expanding his business and mentioned he needed a solution for disposing of low grade wood.
A tender is out for technology for and construction of the plant at Ravesden, which is hoped to be operational by autumn 2008. It will convert 12,000 tonne of low-grade wood waste to energy each year and is the first of Pure Powers planned national network of 15.