Stockton on Tees Borough Council gives the green light for advanced gasification scheme

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Air Products has won planning permission from Stockton on Tees Borough Council for its Tees Valley renewable energy facility. The facility is the first of a number of energy from waste plants that Air Products said it hopes to develop in the UK over the next few years.

According to Air Products, the advanced gasification energy from waste (EfW) scheme at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside will convert pre-processed household and commercial waste currently going to landfill into baseload, renewable power for up to 50,000 homes in the North East. Producing 49MW of electricity from about 300,000 tonnes of waste, the facility is expected to be one of the largest advanced gasification projects planned for the UK.

Ian Williamson, European hydrogen and bioenergy director at Air Products said: “Our facility will be using the latest and most advanced gasification technology to generate renewable power and at the same time, contribute towards Stockton Council’s environment, energy and economic investment objectives.”

The 49MW Tees Valley renewable energy facility is Air Products’ first advanced gasification energy scheme to be developed in the UK.

The company said it hopes to build up to five advanced gasification plants in the UK in the coming years, amounting to an investment of more than £1bn and with the potential to generate around 250MW of electricity.

“Air Products, along with our technology partner, AlterNRG, see Tees Valley as the first of a number of advanced gasification facilities that we wish to develop in the UK. The UK is seeking more sustainable ways to manage and dispose of its waste, and is looking to diversify its sources of electricity generation: our technology is able to deliver on both counts,” added Williamson, “In the longer-term, our technology can also produce renewable hydrogen and is being considered for a demonstration of Waste2Tricity’s fuel cell technology. So our renewable energy facility could also play a part in the further development of the hydrogen economy, an area in which Air Products already has considerable experience.”

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: “Energy from waste leads to considerable reductions in waste going into landfill, and makes an important contribution to the UK’s low-carbon energy supply. This new technology will be an exciting addition to the energy from waste sector and I look forward to seeing the announcement of more of these projects.”

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