NEAT Technology Group Limited (NEAT), the thermal technology wing of established UK waste operator New Earth Solutions Group (New Earth), has successfully delivered its first energy recovery facility based on its patented pyrolysis and gasification Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT).
Claiming to be the first commercial facility of its kind, it was supplied to New Earth alongside its existing 250,000 tpa Avonmouth mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant and produces electricity from refuse-derived fuel (RDF) that would otherwise be have been landfilled or exported to the continent for incineration.
“We see this not only as a breakthrough for NEAT, but for the whole of the advanced thermal waste-to-energy market. The Avonmouth facility proves that pyrolysis and gasification is effective at a commercial scale,” said Graham Lockyer, NEAT’s Business Development Director. “We started hot commissioning the plant in February and since then we have successfully processed 10,000 tonnes of prepared RDF with a cumulative total of over 10,000 operational hours… We are now generating and exporting renewable energy to the grid and New Earth’s MBT is running on electricity produced from waste it processed just hours before.”
Graham Lockyer, NEAT’s Business Development Director – “The Avonmouth facility proves that pyrolysis and gasification is effective at a commercial scale”
New Earth handles nearly half a million tonnes of contracted waste a year and has been preparing waste as a fuel since 2010. Until recently, all of this RDF was being exported to the continent. Now the fuel is being sent via a 30 metre connecting conveyor to the ATC, closing-the-loop and enhancing New Earth’s operational efficiency.
“Everyday black-bag waste is far from a homogeneous and predictable fuel,” explained Scott Edmondson, NEAT’s Technical Director and lead engineer. “First of all we support second-chance recycling. New Earth’s front end MBT removes metals, plastics and compostable elements before preparing the still biomass-rich balance as a fuel. Our waste operator heritage has allowed us to design the thermal plant to deal with the ever-changing nature of societies waste streams and shape the fuel preparation process at the MBT.”
Under the UK Government’s Renewable Obligation Order, which encourages the development of innovative technology to help meet the UK’s renewable energy target, electricity produced by the NEAT technology qualifies for double ROCs.