Commissioning is underway at Dong Energy’s REnescience facility in Cheshire with the first waste due to arrive in February 2017.
The plant, the first full-scale version of its type in the world, will use use enzymes, mechanical sorting and anaerobic digestion for separating household waste from recyclable materials and then generating energy from the organic residue.
Construction in Northwich follows 10 years of testing and the operation of a scale demo plant in Denmark.
REnescience can treat 15 tonnes an hour of household waste or up to 120,000 tonnes a year. Once operational, the site will generate approximately 5MW of renewable power and deliver clean plastic and metals for recycling.
It is due to be operational in April 2017. Commissioning in underway and the first waste arrives early in February 2017. It is expected that 67% of the investment and operational costs of the plant will be spent in the UK.
Lars Kruse, head of global sales, says the facility has been designed in such a way that it is possible to scale up or down for similar plants.
“Although Dong Energy is well established in wind energy, this project in waste is not just a first for them, but a global first, so I still feel the buzz of a start-up while being supported by the great reputation of the company,” he said.
Alister Veitch, head of UK sales, joined the company in August from Biogen. He said: “It’s fantastic that the first commercial operational plant will be here in the UK. It is an exciting and rewarding project to work on, and nice to be paving the way with such an innovative technology.”