The Biossence East London facility will be a power plant that generates renewable energy from household waste generated by four local London boroughs. The project is will qualify as a renewable power plant under UK legislation and in 2010, recevied a short term loan from the London Waste and Recycling Board, a public body with a mandate to support the development of new waste infrastructure in London that meets the requirements of the Mayor’s Municipal Waste Strategy.
Biossence has previously received planning consent for the development of a sustainable energy facility at the site but is submitting a further planning application to accommodate an alternative gasification technology developed by Metso Power of Finland. The reasons for submitting this new application include:
- Increased plant processing capacity. The Metso plant will process an additional 30,000 tonnes per annum of refuse-derived fuel; and
- Increased power output. The Metso plant will have a gross installed electrical capacity of approximately 25MW; and
- Increased plant scale. The Metso Power process will require taller structures although the plant footprint will remain broadly the same.