Energy Works_300A renewable energy development in Hull, UK which will feature a 25 MW waste gasification plant as well as a 3 MW anaerobic digestion biogas to grid injection facility has been awarded a £19.9 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project’s developer – Hull based infrastructure specialist, the Spencer Group – said that the grant is a key part of thefinancing for the £100 million plus energy recovery plant that uses an innovative combination of green technologies and will be the first of its kind in the UK.



According to the developer, the 25 MWe advanced gasification plant will create synthetic gas, which it will use to fuel a boiler and generate steam which spin a turbine in order to generate electricity.

The 3 MWt anaerobic digestion (AD) facility will inject biomethane directly into the  national gas grid for transport to its intended consumer via the existing transport network.

In addition, the developer said that the site will also feature an in-vessel composter which will dry digestate from the AD and  breaking down organic material unsuitable for the AG and AD process and produce a product which can be fed into the gasifier to generate more electricity.

A fuel reception and processing facility is also proposed for the site, which according to Spencer will employ state of the art sorting systems to increase recycling rates.

Energy Works - Hull_100Further to the waste based technologies the site will also feature a 3 MW wind turbine installation and a 500 kW solar PV plant.

The proposed facility received planning permission for Hull City Council’s planning committee in October last year.

The developer claimed that once complete the facility will produce sufficient electricity to power 25,000 homes and potentially cut waste sent to landfill by local authorities in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire by 90%, as well as increase recycling.

Click the image to see the full technology integration.

Energy Academy

Spencer Group added that a key component of the scheme is its partnership with the University of Hull, as Energy Works will encourage the dissemination of knowledge regarding renewable energy through its Energy Academy on the site.

The Energy Academy will provide two positions to the University for postgraduate study of renewable energy. An educational resource centre will offer local small businesses and members of the public with opportunities to learn about the importance of striving towards sustainable and renewable means of electricity generation.

C Spencer - Energy Group - Hull


The grant from the ERDF, which is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, is the largest for an energy generation scheme in England and one of the biggest for any project in the UK.

Communities Minister, Baroness Hanham CBE commented: “Supporting this Hull-based company with public funding to pioneer these cleaner, more efficient technologies and sharing the learning gained from operating the plant, will help to roll out similar facilities elsewhere in the UK and around the world. This investment will create highly skilled jobs.”

Spencer Group chief executive and founder Charlie Spencer said: “This grant is a key element of the funding model and enables the project to move forward.”

Spencer Group said that is now moving forward with detailed implementation plans and expects to achieve full financial closure on the project later this year, enabling construction to begin.

Source: Waste Management World

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