Site visit, Energy from Waste conference, 8th March 2022
The site visit for Energy from Waste 2022 illustrates many of the key topics being addressed at the conference.
Encompassing two different plants, both of which show technical excellence and industry leading advances, the site visits illustrate how waste to energy fits with the moves to a circular economy and the drive to net zero.
First stop will be at Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ASBL), which has built a plant that converts 10,000 tonnes of waste per annum into 21GWh of biomethane or hydrogen while capturing 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is the first plant in the world to use gasification to produce an advanced biofuel from household waste while generating negative carbon emissions through bioenergy with carbon capture and storage.
The tour of the plant will allow visitors to see the gasification, syngas treatment, catalytic conversion and carbon capture technologies used at the facility. The Chief Executive of ABSL, Andrew Cornell, will provide a presentation on the technology and take questions from visitors.
Viridor Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre (RRC), Bristol
The next stop will be Viridor’s Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) near Bristol. This comprises an energy recovery facility (ERF) and plastics recycling and reprocessing plant. Construction of the £252m center began in summer 2017.
Viridor forecasts that the Avonmouth Energy Recovery Facility will generate an estimated 307GWh per year, which is enough energy to power the equivalent of 84,000 households.
The ERF will use approximately 25GWh per year of the available energy. The Avonmouth Plastics Recycling and Reprocessing Plant will have an estimated usage of 70GWh to 105GWh, depending on its processing requirements. This would leave 177GWh to 212GWh available to supply the National Grid network.
Attendees will have a tour of the Avonmouth ERF and will have a presentation on the ERF itself, the synergies between the two plants and how the PRF and the ERF connect for heat and power.
The site visit does not include a tour of the Avonmouth plastics reprocessing facility.
Site visit information
Site visit numbers are limited to just 15 places and will be booked on a first come, first served basis.
No photography is allowed at the ABSL plant and all photography equipment, phones etc, will be placed in a secure area for the duration of the visit.
All site visit attendees must bring their own PPE (hard hats, high viz jackets, hard toe boots/robust shoes)
Transport will be provided to and from London to both plants by coach. Departure time is expected to be around 08.30, 8th March 2022, return by about 17.45 / 18.00, traffic dependent.
Refreshments will be provided at ABSL and a light lunch will be provided at the Avonmouth plant.