Work has begun on a facility in the West Midlands to produce syngas from refuse-derived fuel (RDF).
The SynTech Energy Centre gasification plant on the site of a former steel fabrication and waste recycling facility in Wednesbury is being funded by its US-based parent SynTech Bioenergy to the tune of £5m.
It has also received £5m from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
SynTech Bioenergy UK, based in Aldridge, is leading the project with Mace as project manager and with engineering, procurement and construction led by Otto Simon from Cheadle.
The gasification technology is being provided by Frontline Bioenergy, in which SynTech US is a major stakeholder, and will be built in the UK. It will convert about 40 tonnes of RDF daily into syngas.
The project has created around 100 construction jobs and will require 25 permanent positions once operational. Heat generated from the engine will be made available to a local swimming pool.
The plant will also incorporate a facility to test new engines and turbines using syngas.
ETI bioenergy project manager Paul Winstanley said: “Producing a clean, high-quality syngas opens up a huge variety of opportunities, in addition to making clean electricity including the generation of hydrogen, jet fuel and even plastics from wastes.”
Kamal Kalsi, SynTech Bioenergy UK’s chief technology officer, said: “Our process differs in many key aspects to all others in the marketplace, and we believe this provides us with key advantages that allow us to meet our technical and commercial objectives.”