Three companies that entered a £2.8m Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) competion to design a commercial gasification and plasma treatment facility in the Midlands have completed the first phase of the process.
The ETI commissioned Advanced Plasma Power, Broadcrown and Royal Dahlman last year to submit plans for an “economically and commercially viable” station capable of generating 6MW of electricity.
All three have completed Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies in the last 10 months using a mixture of laboratory and and pilot-scale testing on different feedstocks.
Once the plant is built by 2016, the ETI said that it will operate as a demonstration site for up to three years before switching to a commercial venture. The ETI will help to fund the construction of the chosen demonstrator plant and will make a final decision “in the next few months”.
Of the three potential sites, the proposals from Advanced Plasma Power at Tyseley and Broadcrown’s site in Wednesbury have already been granted planning permission by Birmingham City Council and Sandwell Council, respectively. The proposed Royal Dahlman site in Grimsby is expected to gain planning permission from North East Lincolnshire Council “shortly”.
ETI bioenergy project manager Paul Winstanley said: “We are delighted to have had three really strong designs for the first stage of our competition. Each proposal was extremely well received by the Planners and the Environment Agency. Our request was to design an economically and commercially viable, efficient energy-from-waste gasification demonstrator plant, and each of these three companies demonstrated they could exceed our specifications on a variety of feedstocks.”