Sir John Parker joins Advanced Plasma Power as chairman

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From left to right: Sir John Parker and outgoing chair Paris Moayedi

Gasification specialist Advanced Plasma Power (APP) has appointed businessman Sir John Parker as chairman.

This news comes after the appointment to the board of David Parkin, director of Network Strategy for Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution).

Cadent and Advanced Plasma Power have started construction of the world’s first commercial plant to convert household waste to bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG/Green Gas) in Swindon. The facility, supported by both Ofgem and the Department for Transport, is anticipated to begin operating in early 2018, and is expected to accept 10,000 tonnes of local waste, producing 22GWh of Green Gas per annum, enough to heat 1,500 homes or fuel 75 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

According to APP, once the technology has been rolled out nationally, it has the potential to fuel all of the UK’s heavy goods vehicles, or meet one third of domestic heating demand.

"While electricity generation has seen major progress in recent years, the decarbonisation of heat and transport – accounting for over two thirds of energy usage - have proved far more stubborn challenges and represent established government priorities. Green Gas delivers reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of around 80% compared to traditional gas," said Rolf Stein, CEO, APP, before adding: "The Swindon project will clearly demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of producing Green Gas from waste - and will catalyse the development of further plants in the UK and overseas."

In a further boost to the board’s capabilities, it has also appointed Professor Paul Moayyedi of top Canadian research university McMaster as a non-executive director.

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