Waste to Energy concept to bloom in the future, following Tees Valley example?
Converting waste to energy is one of our generation’s most fundamental ordeals to face. Air Products’ contribution, aware of that urge, decided to build and operate a waste-to-energy facility in Tees Valley, UK. It is the very first one built in the UK and the largest worldwide. Consequently, the expectations are impressive: up to 350,000 tons of non-recyclable landfill waste should be treated per year. Air Products aims to go beyond pure treatment, as it hopes to produce a renewable source of hydrogen for commercial use as much as internal use, increasing the facility’s efficiency by using fuel cells. UK will have the opportunity to convert waste in a cleaner and more efficient way than offered by traditional methods. Residual waste, that was usually not recyclable material, will be collected and fed into the gasifier and burned at a very high temperature using plasma technology. Nick Clegg, UK Deputy Prime Minister, unsurprisingly favors such news: “Advanced gasification has a key role to play in delivering renewable energy and I warmly welcome the decision by Air Products to proceed with its Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility.” Hopefully, this is the first of many!