A household energy-from-waste (EfW) machine has been awarded Government funding to enable further development.
Designed to fit into a domestic property, Mission Resources’ home energy recovery unit (HERU) uses pyrolysis to convert almost all household waste, from food to nappies, into a fuel source that can be used to heat water for the home.
HERU is also capable of running on gas to ensure, when there is no waste to process, the unit works similarly to any conventional boiler.
It runs off of a conventional 13-amp domestic plug and operates at a maximum working temperature of 300°C, which is similar to a standard oven.
Innovate UK’s £1.5m energy game changer fund, which backed HERU, was set up last year to finance new entrants to the energy sector and stimulate the adoption of ‘disruptive’ technologies.
Nik Spencer, Mission Resources chief executive, said: “The thought of the end of waste as we know it is very compelling; the world cannot continue dealing with waste as it has been.
“Dramatic changes are required to totally rethink what we do, and HERU answers many of the problems we are faced with today, while also solving the problems of tomorrow.
“The Innovate fund award is a breakthrough as recognition that the concept is deliverable.”
Dr Hussam Jouhara of Brunel University London, technical director of the project, added: “We have invented a clean energy process that works in the domestic environment and which has major carbon reduction opportunities. We are pleased HERU has received the recognition it deserves.”
Full-scale trials of the technology will now take place at the end of 2017, with a view to full production in 2019-20.