Tuesday, December 8, 2015

News: New plans for waste energy plant at Sterecycle site

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The former waste processing site operated by Sterecycle in Rotherham could be brought be back into use as a renewable energy centre, converting waste to energy using new forms of gasification technology.

Sterecycle used a patented steam processing method called autoclaving to "pressure cook" household and commercial black-bag waste. The Templeborough site was operational since August 2008 and employed 70 local people. It was as a blueprint for a future roll out of waste processing sites around the country. However, the company, which called in administrators in 2012, was found guilty of corporate manslaughter following a fatality at its Rotherham waste treatment facility in 2011.

Now a joint venture between leading industry players is in pre-application discussions with Rotherham Council about the potential of the site that is adjacent to the Magna Science Adventure Centre.

Rolton Kilbride is hoping to secure planning permission for a facility that will use an advanced conversion technology - a form of gasification process - to generate heat and power from Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) together with other non-recyclable waste.

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Rolton Kilbride is a distributed energy company that builds embedded power and heat generation assets for high energy use businesses, communities and large-scale development projects.

As the country moves towards creating a "zero waste" economy, over the next 25 years, up to 250,000 tonnes of leftover waste a year is to be processed at a new facility at Manvers. The waste is turned into recycled products, green energy, a nutrient-rich digestate and RDF. Under the contract, operators SSE will take around half of the RDF produced at Manvers to generate low carbon electricity at its new multifuel facility (known as FM1) in Ferrybridge.

When RDF is heated to very high temperatures it breaks down to provide a gas which can be used to create energy utilised in a boiler to create steam which drives a turbine to produce energy and heat.

The plans for the Templeborough site, which is currently being used as a depot for Costain staff working on the nearby M1, are set to involve demolishing the existing industrial buildings in order to build a "Renewable Energy Centre."

The plant is not expected to accept clinical or hazardous waste but would be able to "process feed stock including non-recyclable residual commercial and industrial waste together with an element of construction and demolition and potentially municipal solid waste." The feedstock is expected to come from the Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

An expected capacity or output has not yet been disclosed.
Engineers, the Rolton Group, which advises the Government and major blue-chip corporations, established a joint venture with Kilbride Infrastructure, a leading UK developer, in November 2013.

The company plans to build energy from waste plants across the UK. The generation of power from these plants will lower costs for high-energy users and councils looking to dispose of non-recyclable waste.

The provision of cheaper energy to industrial high-energy users could also help to support the UK's manufacturing industry. Rolton Kilbride's projects will also have the potential to be combined with the work of Community Interest Companies (CICs), to benefit local communities with cheaper bills and the reinvestment of profits locally.

The venture's first project is at Castle Bromwich, with further projects in Swindon and Northampton.

At a recent launch event, Peter Rolton, director of Rolton Kilbride, said: "Rolton Kilbride will integrate waste and energy strategies to create low-cost and sustainable heat and power using Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT) in a process called gasification.

"We will develop local embedded power stations that are fuelled on RDF and directly connected to industry or communities.

"Projects will generate round-the-clock power and heat, demonstrating how a cost-effective low carbon transition can be achieved in the current political framework.

"Rolton Kilbride's energy solutions will support councils paying less to dispose of waste, and facilitate the potential for Community Interest Companies to generate income streams from local energy generation centres."

Also at Templeborough, construction has recently begun on the £150m biomass-fired power plant project at the Firth Rixson Ickles Works where the 41MW plant will generate heat and power from carbon-neutral renewable wood pellet fuel.

Rolton Group website

Images: Google Maps / Sterecycle

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