Completion of the Energy Academy building, part of the Energy Works scheme in Hull, marks a key milestone in the £200m energy-from-waste (EfW) project.
The Energy Academy incorporates the control room for Energy Works as well as education and research and development (R&D) facilities created in partnership with the University of Hull. This will support research related to the technologies used and related processes.
The university partnership will support two full-time PhD students and offer schools, other education institutions and the local community the opportunity to learn about renewable energy technologies. Full viewing windows on both floors are designed to offer wide-ranging views of on-site operations.
Energy Works is the largest privately funded power station of its kind under construction in the UK, and the first advanced gasification power plant to be supported by Government’s Contracts for Difference regime. It is owned by a consortium of international investors and has been supported by a £20m grant from the European Regional Development Fund.
The 25MW facility is due to begin generating electricity in 2018, using fluidised bed gasification to produce enough energy to power 43,000 homes by processing 240,000 tonnes a year of refuse-derived fuel. Once live, 25 staff will operate the facility.
Hull-based Spencer Group is managing the construction with principal contractor M+W Group, and will oversee live operations under a management service agreement.
Richard Burgess, deputy managing director of Spencer Group, said: “From the outset, the objective was for Energy Works to be more than a power plant, and construction of the Energy Academy demonstrates that ambition is being delivered.
”The Academy and the partnership with the University of Hull will play a key part in maximising the R&D opportunities that Energy Works offers.”