Thursday, July 21, 2016

News: Plans in for Rotherham waste to energy centre

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A planning application has been submitted for a new renewable energy centre in Rotherham that would convert 215,000 tonnes of waste a year into energy using new forms of gasification technology.

Rolton Kilbride is hoping to operate the facility on the former Sterecycle site that is adjacent to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Templeborough.

Not an incinerator or an autoclaving plant like Sterecycle, the new development would use an Advanced Conversion Technology "gasification" process that heats the residual waste to very high temperatures, causing the materials to break down whilst also generating a gas, which when burnt off in a boiler, creates energy.

The Renewable Energy Centre (REC) would recover heat and power and also include a Mechanical Treatment Facility (MTF) for the recovery of recyclable materials with the associated plant and infrastructure and landscaping located within land off Sheffield Road.

If approved, the centre would create 42 full time equivalent jobs.

The REC would have the capacity to generate up to 23 megawatts (MW) of exportable electricity - the equivalent of powering over 40,000 homes on a continual basis. The plant is capable of accepting approximately 215,000 tonnes of waste per annum which would otherwise go to landfill.

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. Kilbride Infrastructure is backed by Cracknore Investment, a company that has extensive experience in developing and funding projects within the transport and energy infrastructure. The Rolton Group is a firm of advisors and designers specialising in the areas of built environment, renewables and carbon.

Combining in 2013, the joint venture 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.

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The application includes a lengthy environmental statement covering traffic impacts, noise, air quality and flood risk, which will be assessed by council officers.

The proposed development involves the demolition of the current buildings to be replaced by 145,000 sq ft of new buildings as part of an an energy plant and associated ancillary buildings. This would include a mechanical treatment plant with a reception and tipping hall; a 45 metre-high gasification and boiler building with a 100m flue stack located next to the gasification unit; and a steam turbine building. A smaller building containing office and workshop units is also planned.

The system has been designed to the requirements of the pre-requisite Environmental Permit which would be issued, monitored and enforced by the Environment Agency.
The plans, drawn up by the Pegasus Group, state: "The proposed facility will have the capacity to process up to 215,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual waste per annum; that is waste that is left following the practicable removal of recyclable materials (i.e. pre-treated waste) and that may otherwise be disposed of at a landfill site or exported to a similar facility abroad.

"It is anticipated that the proposed REC is expected to generate a total of 126 HGV trips per day (63 in / 63 out). The REC is to be designed to operate continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week but in terms of deliveries it is anticipated that during weekdays the facility will be open for deliveries between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00.

"The facility will employ circa 42 full time equivalents directly employed over three shifts and a further ten staff providing specialist services from local businesses."

Applicants are hoping to secure planning permission by the end of 2016 so that they can apply for the Government's Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. The CfD scheme enables the developers of qualifying projects to gain an index linked, government backed, revenue for 15 years. Applicants also hope that construction will take place from 2017 to 2020.

The new centre would be close to the Templeborough Biomass Power Plant project, the £150m, 41MW plant that is currently under construction.

Rolton Kilbride website

Images: Rolton Kilbride / Pegasus Group

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