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Parks in position – a look at energy-from-waste sites

20 January 2011 | By Andrea Lockerbie

Enviroparks Hirwaun (pictured)

What: An energy-from-waste park
Where: Heads of the Valleys, south Wales
Cost: £120m
Intake: 240,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year, 90% from south Wales
Diversion: 90% waste from landfill
Size: 20-acre site
Construction starts: mid-2011
Expected completion: early 2013

Just before Christmas, Welsh company Enviroparks received planning permission for its EfW park at the Heads of the Valleys in Wales. The company’s vision for the site is to bring together a number of technologies that ensure the maximum value and energy is extracted, with the minimum waste and environmental impact. This includes a fuel preparation area, advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) and advanced thermal treatment

The site will take in non-hazardous municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial (C&I) waste and food waste. Enviroparks director David Williams says work on the project started back in 2006, and that while the technologies have all been used in other sectors, they have not all been used in the waste sector.

He expects the incoming waste to roughly consist of 60,000 tonnes of food waste and 180,000 tonnes of MSW and C&I waste, each going to their own reception area on-site. These two streams will be used to create two fuel types: the MSW and C&I waste will be turned into an organic solid recovered fuel, which can go into gasification or pyrolysis, while the food waste fraction will be used to create an organic biomass liquid for the advanced AD plant.

As Williams explains, the “keystone” to Enviroparks will be the fuel preparation area, which he describes as being like a sophisticated MRF but built to produce fuel rather than reduce volume. This area will separate the waste into its fractions, removing the ferrous and non-ferrous metals and other recyclables at the start of the process. Where Williams sees the facility as being different to others is in the “sophisticated level of recycling” that happens at the start of the process, allowing a high-quality fuel to be created downstream.

Where will the feedstock waste come from? “We have been in discussions with a number of major waste companies that see us in a strategic location in Wales. Most of those companies are in procurement with local authorities. Outside of that [MSW] there is still 700,000 tonnes of C&I waste which will be contracted on a merchant basis,” Williams says.

Those using the facility on a merchant basis will pay a gate fee, and Williams wants the site to have a healthy merchant offering, not be fully contracted. He says the site will be an attractive alternative to landfill when landfill tax and gate fees rise, as companies seek to align themselves and their waste with more environmentally sound alternatives to landfill.

Enviroparks is also lining up high-energy users to set up on the park, attracted by savings of as much as 20% on energy bills.

The plan is for all the waste to come from surrounding areas. “South-east Wales is the most populated region of the country, and we have agreed to procure 90% of our waste within a sensible proximity of the plant, so we are not looking to ship waste in from across the country,” Williams says.

Due to a boundary quirk, part of the site fell on national park land and had to gain planning permission from both Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Williams says there was concern about the facility from local residents. “The main concern was that we are an experimental facility, putting in technology that had not been used anywhere in the world, so [the local population] felt they were guinea pigs. But this isn’t the case because all the technology is proven, which it had to be to be fundable,” Williams explains.

But the company seems to have won over the people: “We’ve had more letters of interest and job applications than of opposition.”

To forge a positive relationship with its local community, Enviroparks has agreed to divert a proportion of its gate fee income to a 10-year fund that will help improve the energy efficiency of local homes, funding measures such as double glazing and insulation as well as enhancing the biodiversity in the natural environment.

More than three years of detailed work has gone into the technology for the park, and although no contracts have been agreed, Williams says the company “knows where we are going with it”. He says most of the technology companies are UK based and that more information will be released once a final review has been concluded.

Energy Park Peterborough

Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited (PREL) was established in 2002 and in 2010 the company was renamed Green Energy Parks in line with its vision to take the model forward nationally
Fuel: 650,000 tonnes a year
CO2 saving: 600,000 tonnes a year
Jobs: More than 300 jobs will be created during construction and around 100 skilled green collar jobs once operational

In 2009, PREL received planning approval for its ‘green energy park’ in Peterborough. Towards the end of 2010, plasma waste recovery treatment provider Tetronics announced that it had been selected by PREL to provide the plasma technology for the park, and an engineering, procurement and construction deal worth more than £450m was signed with Malaysian manufacturing giant KNM Group Berhad just before Christmas. KNM will procure services from UK companies including Clugston Construction, PJ Thory, Biomass Power, Fusion Waste Solutions, Siemens UK and Capula UK. These in turn are looking at local suppliers to support the civils, and fabrication of equipment in Peterborough.

Energy Park Peterborough project director Helen Rome says the vision for the park is very much centred on sending zero waste to landfill: “We don’t view waste as waste, but a valuable asset. We don’t think you should put anything in the ground.”

The site will take in pre-prepared fuel feedstock made from waste that has been prepared offsite by Fusion Waste Solutions, a third party contractor that PREL has a supply agreement with. As a result of this agreement, Rome says that PREL views the incoming material not as waste but as feedstock for its facility. The waste that Fusion will be processing is mainly C&I, agricultural and construction waste, rather than municipal, because its waste contracts are all commercial. That said, the facility would also take fuel created from municipal waste streams should Fusion’s waste streams change.

Fusion will take in the waste from its customers, all from within the county, and process it into a fuel feedstock on its own premises. It will then supply this to PREL, so that PREL receives what Rome describes as “reliable, ROC-able [renewable obligation certificate] biomass fuel”.

Rome says this set up ensures that PREL has a consistent incoming feedstock (a form of quality control), and also cuts down on transportation emissions, so that waste is collected and processed locally before being delivered to the energy facility. Its waste fuel supply agreement with Fusion has been described as “long term” and it will be the sole supplier of feedstock for the facility.

Once on the PREL site, material will be processed using different technologies, including energy conversion through biomass gasification and plasma melting. The plasma stage ensures that any residues are made into a hard, inert glass material that can be used as an aggregate in construction and filtration, thus ensuring that nothing is sent to landfill.

PREL sees the energy park as being a replicable model that can be transferred to other parts of the country. The team is already advising Lifetime Recycling Village in Scotland, and believes its solution has a real contribution to make to the UK’s renewable energy commitments. A second PREL project is in the pipeline.

The build process in Peterborough is estimated to take more than three years, with various components coming on-stream during that time. Once fully up and running, it will have a peak per hour power output of 62MW but this could increase to 66MW if the plasma facility is not running.

Big Step Forward for EnergyPark Peterborough As Technology Licence Agreement signed with Tetronics

·16th September 2011 in Press Release, What’s been happening

Peterborough Renewable Energy Ltd (PREL) is delighted to announce that a Technology Licence Agreement has been signed with Tetronics Ltd, the world leaders in DC plasma arc systems. The Agreement gives PREL permission to use Tetronics’ patented technology to deal with Air Pollution Control (APC) residues created onsite at EnergyPark Peterborough.

The ground-breaking EnergyPark Peterborough project, which was granted consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in November 2009, will be the first sustainable biomass-from-waste powerstation of its kind in Europe. Drawing upon a mix of best available technologies, PREL will achieve maximum diversion of waste from landfill, creating renewable energy and recycled products at the same time. Tetronics’ plasma-enhanced waste recovery systems will play a vital role in achieving that sustainable cycle and ensuring that the greatest value is taken from the waste input.

Following the gasification of a clean biomass fuel, the hazardous Air Pollution Control (APC) residues, which would traditionally be sent to landfill, will instead be collected and safely transferred to the co-located plasma unit. Tetronics’ plasma technology will then separate and destroy all the hazardous components in the residue, generating a totally safe inert product, similar to granite. This non-hazardous product called Plasmarok® can then be re-used as a glass or building aggregate in a range of applications, achieving close to zero residues remaining.

Commenting on the deal, CEO of Tetronics, Stephen Davies, added:

“We are delighted to sign the Technology Licence Agreement with PREL, a pioneering company leading the way in waste management in this country.

“Tetronics has decades of experience in the UK, Europe and Asia, processing problematic wastes, such as APC residues, in a stable and cost-effective way.

“We are very confident that this development will be a trailblazer for others to follow.”

Speaking about the Agreement, Chris Williams, Managing Director for PREL said:

“Tetronics’ plasma-enhanced waste treatment technology has been the final piece to the puzzle of ensuring that the absolute minimum of residues from the treatment process needs to be processed offsite.

“Tetronics’ contribution has been vital in guaranteeing that a sustainable, practically zero waste facility is achieved. Through this partnership, we hope to see many more developments like EnergyPark Peterborough in years to come.”

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Projects under development

The CHO Power plant in Morcenx, currently under commissioning, will be the first power generation plant by gasification of waste and biomass in Europe.

Since its launch, CHO Power technology has attracted a large amount of interest from potential clients and partners (local authorities and communities, businesses, developers, etc.) regarding the development of biomass power plants.

CHO Power is actively working on 7 projects in Western Europe and North America. These projects include the Hirwaun project (Wales), developed by Enviroparks Ltd, under RFQ phase and the UK Ports of Hull, Barry, Sunderland and Barrow developed with Sunrise Renewables. These 4 power plants, representing a total net power production of 37.5 MWe, have received planning permissions, grid connections are secured, feedstock and power off take contracts are being finalized with reputed local energy and biomass suppliers. Subject to the funding scheme, the first project should start construction in second half of 2012.

Check out all the press releases :


liste-puce-chopower Europlasma prévoit 75 usines d’ici 2020 pour transformer les déchets industriels en électricitéEuroplasma prévoit 75 usines d'ici 2020 pour transformer les déchets industriels en électricité – Article La Tribune 21/05/2013 – In French

2012 :

liste-puce-chopower 126 advanced gasification power plants to be built in France by 2030 27/11/2012
liste-puce-chopower107 advanced gasification power plant to be built in the UK by 2030 27/08/2012
liste-puce-chopower CHO-Power plant construction completion celebration 21/06/2012

In the press:

liste-puce-chopower126 advanced gasification plants to be built in France by 2030  – Article 4-Traders27/11/2012
liste-puce-chopower126 installations de gazéification de biomasse & de déchets à construire en France d’ici à 2030 126 installations de gazéification de biomasse & de déchets à construire en France d'ici à 2030 – Article Bioénergies International 15/10/2012 – In French
liste-puce-chopowerFête de la science, CHO Power Conference on energy production from biomassFête de la science, CHO Power Conference on energy production from biomass – Article Sud Ouest 07/10/2012 – In French
liste-puce-chopowerIndutry toughts on the rise of gasificationIndutry toughts on the rise of gasification – CHO Power testimonial – Waste Management World October 2012
liste-puce-chopowerEuroplasma garde la tête froide – Article Environnement Magazine October 2012 – In French
liste-puce-chopowerCall for 100 extra gasification plantsCall for 100 extra gasification plants – Article MRW 06/09/2012
liste-puce-chopowerDans Les Landes Europlasma transforme les déchets en électricité Dans Les Landes Europlasma transforme les déchets en électricité – Article La Tribune 27/07/2012 – In French
liste-puce-chopower12MW Plasma Gasification Facility completed in France12MW Plasma Gasification Facility completed in France – Article Waste Management World  July 2012
liste-puce-chopowerEnergie : les grands espoirs de MorcenxEnergie : les grands espoirs de Morcenx – Article Sud Ouest du 10/07/2012 In French
Les pionniers de la bioénegieLes pionniers de la bioénegie – Article Sud Ouest du 10/07/2012 – In French
liste-puce-chopowerCHO Power lance sa 1ère usine de production d’électricité à partir de déchets et de biomasse dans Les LandesCHO Power lance sa 1ère usine de production d'électricité à partir de déchets et de biomasse dans Les Landes – Article Usine Nouvelle 09/07/2012 – In French
Les pionniers de la bioénegieLes pionniers de la bioénegie – Article from Sud Ouest of 10/07/2012 – In French
liste-puce-chopowerBeau power from CHO-Power – Article from Bioenergy Insight of February 2012
liste-puce-chopowerCHO-Power cited in ‘Le Baromètre 2011 des énergies renouvelables en France’ – Observ’ER – In French (document available on demand)

Emerson’s automation technology chosen by Europlasma for innovative waste-to-energy gasification facility in France : News from Emerson Process Management

“A detailed market study by CHO-Power shows that 650 new advanced gasification power plants will have to be built in Europe by 2030 to meet EU renewable energy targets. Of these, 107 would be required in the UK and a further 126 in France.”

Emerson’s automation technology chosen by Europlasma for innovative waste-to-energy gasification facility in France

13 May 2013™ expert control system provides flexible and accurate control of the world’s most powerful biomass gasification plant

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2013) — CHO-Power, part of the Europlasma Group, is using Emerson Process Management’s digital automation technology to control a new waste- and biomass-fed power station at Morcenx in southwestern France. By providing flexible and accurate control of an innovative gasification process, Emerson’s Ovation™ expert control system is enabling the plant to operate at maximum efficiency.

The new Morcenx gasification facility will generate 12 MW of power from 150 metric tonnes per day of industrial and wood waste, making it the most powerful plant of its type worldwide. The efficient use of waste and biomass fuel helps the plant support European energy guidelines promoting the use of continuous-source renewable energy with low CO2 emissions. Start-up was in autumn 2012, and the plant was commissioned to the grid at the beginning of 2013.

The Morcenx power station is the first of its type to use an innovative and highly efficient gasification principle based on patented ‘Turboplasma’ equipment to transform waste into syngas. The 1200°C temperatures generated from the plasma torch produce a very pure syngas that is used to drive the turbine and generate electricity. In addition, 18 MWth of hot water from the cooling system is used to heat a vegetable greenhouse and a wood drier.

“We selected Emerson’s Ovation system because it provides the levels of flexibility and control needed to cope with the varying characteristics of biomass fuels,” said Yannick Ferriere, project manager, CHO Power. “Also critical was Emerson’s extensive project management experience with biomass power generating plants, as well as its technical support including engineering, configuration of the Ovation system, training, start-up assistance and maintenance.”

The Ovation system, together with AMS Suite predictive maintenance software and smart instrumentation, is part of Emerson’s PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture that provides both advanced control and asset management capability for the Morcenx facility.

The Ovation system will perform data acquisition and monitor and control all major plant components to provide improved unit stability, responsiveness and thermal efficiencies; tighter overall control of plant operations; and a more concise view of key plant and turbine parameters. The system provides embedded advanced algorithms and proven control routines that continually adjust the combustion process to compensate for the varying characteristics of biomass fuels. This maximizes both boiler and plant efficiency. The Ovation system interfaces with the GE steam turbine, gas treatment system and gas engine using Profibus-DP communications.

An Ovation SIS (safety instrumented system) provides SIL-3 protection for the boiler systems. Complying with the stringent international standard IEC 61511, Ovation SIS employs digital intelligence and diagnostics to provide an integrated complete-safety-loop approach that helps increase process availability, reduce lifecycle costs and ease regulatory compliance.

Emerson also provided a broad range of instrumentation for the power station, including Rosemount® temperature, pressure and flow transmitters; Fisher® control valves; and Rosemount Smart Wireless temperature transmitters. AMS Suite software will enable maintenance and operations personnel to predict equipment issues to better maintain and protect the machinery.

“We are delighted that Europlasma has chosen our automation technologies for this innovative power facility,” said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions business unit of Emerson Process Management. “Our technologies, services and support have made a significant contribution to this project, which will develop into a key part of Europe’s renewable generating capacity.”

A detailed market study by CHO-Power shows that 650 new advanced gasification power plants will have to be built in Europe by 2030 to meet EU renewable energy targets. Of these, 107 would be required in the UK and a further 126 in France.

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