Environmental consultancy SLR Consulting has secured planning permission for a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Doncaster for BioGen Power.
The facility will be capable of accepting 120,000 tonnes of residual commercial and industrial waste to generate 9.4 MW p.a. of electricity-sufficient to power 20,000 homes.
Technical director Keith Owen, who is based in SLR’s Nottingham office, said: "The project involved us preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) including 3D visualisations to show what the plant would look like.
"This brought together SLR’s expertise in air quality, acoustics, ecology, landscape, transport, land quality and archaeology.
The planned ERF uses gasification technology and provides a smaller scale method of thermal treatment than traditional mass-burn incineration.
BioGen Power plan to use Energos technology which has been used in Europe for many years and has recently been installed at a plant on the Isle of Wight. The Energos system developed for Doncaster will use three standard 40,000 tpa process units to provide a method of energy recovery from residual wastes that would otherwise be sent to landfill in the area.
BioGen Power CEO Christian Reeve said: "SLR delivered both in terms of pace and professionalism. Our success here at Doncaster, where there was a fair amount of public concern, was due to the quality of the overall application and the skills of our own planning team working in conjunction with SLR.
"We have recently received planning permission for other plants in Barry and Newport, and have just instructed SLR to prepare an EIA for a new ERF in Northern Ireland."
BioGen Power plans to build and operate at least 12 ERF’s across the UK, generating over 100MWe per year of renewable electricity and treating over 1 million tonnes of residual waste per year.