Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:57

West Bromwich MP Adrian Bailey visits the UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant as it achieves capability to supply energy to the grid, for the first time

Based in Wednesbury, the UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant has been developed by Kew Technology, in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which can be used to produce clean electricity, heat, hydrogen and liquid fuels from waste.

  • Local MP, Adrian Bailey visits the UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant marking the plant’s capability to supply electricity to the grid, from syngas, for the first time.
  • Once fully operational, the innovative waste gasification plant will provide enough electricity to power 2,500 homes.

Adrian Bailey, MP for West Bromwich West, met with energy experts from Kew Technology and the ETI to discuss the 1.5MWe Waste Gasification Commercial Demonstration Plant, built at the Sustainable Energy Centre. The plant is cleaner, more efficient and more compact than many other energy from waste designs and could be suitable for providing heat and power to factories, hospitals and small towns.

Adrian Bailey MP at the UK first municipal waste gasification plantAdrian Bailey MP at the UK first municipal waste gasification plant

Adrian Bailey MP said: “This is an inspirational project which has the potential to play an important part in providing green energy worldwide. It is particularly pleasing to see a company in the Black country spearheading the drive to achieve our climate change targets whist providing investment and jobs locally.”

Mark Johnson, Commercial Manager at Kew Technology, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Adrian Bailey MP to the plant and discuss the opportunities, this technology could provide for the local area and nationally.

“Achieving the capability to supply clean renewable energy to the grid, for the first time, is a fantastic milestone, as a result of our hot commissioning programme. We’re looking forward to continue our operational testing phase, concluding early 2020.”

Paul Winstanley, Project Manager at ETI, said: “I’m delighted that Adrian Bailey MP visited the plant to mark our fantastic milestone. This project is a great example on how this technology can have so many opportunities for future community energy solutions that can be scaled to meet the drive for green fuels or chemicals.

“Over the next five years, the priority should be for Kew Technology to discover the most effective focus area to harness the potential of waste gasification.”

The Project is being led by Kew Technology based in Aldridge in the West Midlands.

About the ETI

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.

The role of the ETI is to act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies. We bring together engineering projects that develop affordable, secure and sustainable technologies to help the UK address its long-term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits. We make targeted commercial investments in nine technology programmes across heat, power, transport and the infrastructure that links them.

About Kew Technology

Kew Technology’s vision is to promote higher efficiency use of solid waste feedstocks via energy products such as fuels, heat as well as power. This is achieved through small-scale, efficient plants that form a fundamental ingredient of future smart infrastructure.

Kew Technology was formed in 2016 by Dr. Kamal Kalsi and Kevin Chown with the specific purpose of facilitating the delivery of a world first: a high-efficiency advanced thermal conversion (ATC) plant using specialist intellectual property owned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Dr. Kalsi.

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