Plasma Gasification Waste to Energy Project to Inject Gas to Grid in UK

A waste to energy project that will use plasma gasification to process waste and produce bio-substitute natural gas for injection into the grid has secured 1.9 million of funding from Ofgems Gas Network Innovation Competition.

A waste to energy project that will use plasma gasification to process waste and produce low carbon methane, or bio-substitute natural gas (Bio-SNG) for injection into the grid has secured £1.9 million of funding from Ofgem’s Gas Network Innovation Competition.

The Swindon-based demonstration project – managed by National Grid, Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy, will take household waste which would otherwise be landfilled or processed in a tradition thermal treatment waste to energy facility.

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According to the project partners, this method could play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of heating by unlocking previously untapped sources of low carbon gas and help reach the UK’s binding carbon reduction targets.

As part of its work on future energy scenarios, National Grid has identified that decarbonised gas could be a vital part of the energy mix in the coming decades.

“Green gas, produced using our Gasplama® technology, is a viable, cost-efficient and green alternative to natural gas. Indeed, its expansion could help the UK in realising its ambitions of keeping the lights on, reducing carbon emissions, keeping energy costs low for consumers and diverting waste from landfill,” commented Rolf Stein, CEO of Advanced Plasma Power.

Marcus Stewart, energy demand manager for National Grid added: “This £1.9m of funding will be a massive boost to the project, which aims to develop a cleaner way to heat our homes and businesses. We see this as a very important development in the decarbonisation of heat and are pleased that Ofgem share this view.”

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