Report Highlights Investment Benefits Of Advanced EfW

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Eunomia Consulting has highlighted the benefits of investment in Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT) projects in the UK, such as gasification and pyrolysis, as treatments for residual waste.

The report, Investment in Advanced Conversion Technologies (ACT), highlights the benefits that will be delivered to the UK by these innovative second generation EfW technologies and suggests ACTs can compete effectively against other treatment technologies in the developing market for residual waste.

It demonstrates that 200 MWe of localised base load capacity could be quickly realised from the deployment of consented ACT projects, which are ready to be built.

Eunomia says the analysis suggests investors should be cautiously optimistic. Key competitive advantages of ACTs highlighted in the report include:

  • Access to Contracts for Difference funding, putting them in a position to outcompete other thermal treatment solutions in the developing market for feedstock.
  • ACTs can produce electricity, but syngas can also be used for higher value applications, such as industrial heat, transport and injection into natural gas network.

The report details of the 12 ACT waste treatment facilities either in operation or being constructed. It also highlights the challenges investors could face when securing sufficient feedstock to keep facilities in operation for the period over which debt is repaid.

“ACT is a cutting-edge means of turning wastes into renewable gas and products, and should be supported. We hope that this report will be taken on board by Government and used to inform the future Industrial Strategy.”

The Renewable Energy Association (REA), which has welcomed the report, says the delivery of these through next year’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round will push the industry forward, leading to a declining cost base, expanding product ranges and improved performances; overcoming the problems of the past and allowing the UK to realise the wide range of benefits this technology offers.

The REA says ACT is seen as a less established renewable technology by the government, one that holds significant promise to cost-effectively manage residual waste and other solid wastes and produce renewable gas. It says that this is an industry ripe for investment as the successful deployment of commercial projects will take the waste sector well beyond renewable power generation and into the production of renewable transport fuels and green chemicals.

Mark Sommerfeld, Policy Analyst at the Renewable Energy Association said: “The UK has world-leading ACT expertise and the Government should act to ensure that a full suite of ACT renewable products are developed for domestic use and, eventually, for international export. ACT can produce green chemicals and renewable transport fuels, including valuable aviation fuel.

“ACT is a cutting-edge means of turning wastes into renewable gas and products, and should be supported. We hope that this report will be taken on board by Government and used to inform the future Industrial Strategy.

“The beauty of this technology is that its by-products include expanding our waste management capacity and reducing the amount of trash heading to landfill.”

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