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Aldridge MP visits UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant

In the United Kingdom (UK), local Aldridge MP, Wendy Morton visited Kew Technology Ltd’s headquarters in Aldridge, West Midlands to find out the wider impacts that the UK’s first waste gasification plant opening in Wednesbury will have. Once fully operational, the innovative waste gasification plant will provide enough electricity to power 2 500 homes.  

In the UK, local Aldridge MP, Wendy Morton visited Kew Technology Ltd’s headquarters in Aldridge, West Midlands to find out the wider impacts that the UK’s first waste gasification plant opening in Wednesbury will have. Once fully operational, the innovative waste gasification plant will provide enough electricity to power 2 500 homes (photo courtesy Kew Technologies).

In the UK, local Aldridge MP, Wendy Morton visited Kew Technology Ltd’s headquarters in Aldridge, West
Midlands to find out the wider impacts that the UK’s first waste gasification plant opening in Wednesbury
will have. Once fully operational, the innovative waste gasification plant will provide enough electricity to
power 2 500 homes (photo courtesy Kew Technology).

Aldridge-based Kew Technology Ltd, in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has developed the UK’s first municipal waste gasification plant which can be used to produce clean electricity, heat, hydrogen and liquid fuels from waste.

Commercial 1.5 MWe waste gasification demonstrator

Wendy Morton MP met with energy experts from Kew Technology and the ETI to discuss the 1.5 MWe Waste Gasification Commercial Demonstration Plant, built at the Sustainable Energy Centre. According to Kew Technologies, the plant is “cleaner, more efficient and more compact” than many other energy-from-waste (EfW) plant designs and could be suitable for providing heat and power to factories, hospitals, and small towns.

My visit to Kew Technology was a great opportunity to learn more about how the company are promoting higher efficiencies of waste energy. Clearly the innovative processes being used by Kew Technology will have a major impact both locally in Aldridge and nationally. As climate change continues to be a top priority for the Government in seeking to hit our 2050 climate goals it is good to know that companies from our local area are at the cutting edge of helping us meet our climate challenge, remarked Wendy Morton MP.

Founded in 2016 by Dr Kamal Kalsi and Kevin Chown, Kew Technology has the specific purpose of facilitating the delivery of a world-first high-efficiency advanced thermal conversion (ATC) plant using specialist intellectual property owned by the ETI and Dr Kalsi. The 1.5 MWe commercial demonstration project is being led by Kew Technology.

We were really pleased to welcome Wendy Morton MP to Kew Technology and discuss the opportunity for thermally converting waste into a diverse range of valuable energy vectors in the UK. We’re looking forward to operationally testing the plant in late August and September 2019, as part of our hot commissioning programme, which will see clean renewable energy be supplied to the energy grid, for the first time, said Mark Johnson, Commercial Manager at Kew Technology.

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK government and its role is to act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies.

It’s a great project using technology that has so many opportunities for future community energy solutions that can be scaled to meet the drive for green fuels or chemicals. Over the next five years, it will be important for Kew to find the most effective focus area to maximise the potential of waste gasification, said Paul Winstanley, Project Manager at ETI.

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