Minister of State for Energy visits Advanced Plasma Power
– Charles Hendry MP tours innovative British waste-to-energy technology company –
Charles Hendry MP, the Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), visited Advanced Plasma Power’s (APP) Swindon plant on Monday 10 October 2011 to see the ground breaking Gasplasma® process. The visit was hosted by APP CEO, Rolf Stein and Chairman, Paris Moayedi.
The Minister was taken through the process, which combines existing proven technologies, converting residual waste into a clean hydrogen-rich syngas and an inert vitrified product called Plasmarok® thereby achieving complete landfill diversion. The syngas can then be used to power gas engines or turbines for the clean and efficient generation of renewable electricity and heat. Alternatively, the syngas can be converted for use in fuel cells or as synthetic natural gas or as a liquid fuel. The Plasmarok® is classified as a product and has a variety of valuable end uses as a building material.
The visit follows recent progress on the APP project pipeline. The company is undertaking a joint venture with Group Machiels, a Belgium headquartered global waste management and environmental services company, for APP to supply a series of up to five plants in a pioneering project to mine and process over 16 million tonnes of landfilled waste restoring the landfill site to parkland.
APP’s exporting of technology to mainland Europe continues with positive developments with APP’s Norwegian partner at the Norske Skog paper mill in Skogn, Norway -significant grant funding having been secured from the Norwegian government.
In addition Mr Hendry was interested to hear that, APP continues to develop its pipeline of UK business with significant and rapid progress with a number of major UK waste operators.
The Minister also saw APP’s sister firm Tetronics and heard about its world leading plasma applications for the recovery of valuable metals and the treatment of hazardous and nuclear waste. The Minister then had an opportunity to meet one of a number of PhD students that APP and Tetronics are sponsoring through their studies.
After visiting the facilities and meeting with both APP and Tetronics directors, Charles Hendry said:
“Innovative energy from waste technologies can play an important role in helping to decarbonise and diversify our energy supplies, as well as offering sustainable solutions to the way in which communities deal with their residual waste.
It has been very interesting to see firsthand the pioneering advanced Gasplasma process that Advanced Plasma Power and Tetronics are developing here in the UK, and I look forward to seeing them progress.”
He continued, “Government is committed to securing long term investment in the UK’s renewables industries and has published a consultation on new support levels for large scale renewable electricity from 2013-17 (2014-17 for offshore wind) under the Renewables Obligation. Our proposals seek to bring forward the most innovative energy recovery technologies, which have the potential to extract the maximum energy value from wastes and provide a wide range of fuels’’.
Paris Moayedi commented, “It was a pleasure to welcome Charles Hendry MP to Advanced Plasma Power. Our Gasplasma process produces heat and power as well as a valuable product from residual, non-recyclable waste – completely in line with the Government’s zero waste and renewable energy generation objectives. We welcome Government’s continued support of the most innovative, sustainable and efficient technologies.“
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