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Environmental Benefits

  • The combined heat and power (CHP) technology has been developed and proven at sites across Europe to recover the energy from material generated during the waste recycling process. The technology is typically used to provide district heating systems.
  • Locating the plant alongside a waste transfer station reduces traffic required to transport waste material, and the corresponding emissions from vehicles used for transport.
  • The number of vehicle movements and resulting exhaust emissions will be reduced compared to a conventional waste handling operation –improving overall local air quality.
  • The Reform Energy process model substantially reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, and recovers energy which would otherwise be lost forever.
  • The UK has too much waste going to landfill and not enough energy to meet its needs. The Reform Energy process provides a solution that addresses both of these critical areas.

Operational benefits

  • Waste handling and energy recovery processes are enclosed in purpose-built facilities, isolating both from the external environment and reducing to a minimum local impact.
  • The proprietary control system used in the Reform Energy process ensures that emissions are consistently low and stable.
  • Sophisticated controls ensure there is no compromise on emissions performance in the event of plant turndown

Financial benefits

  • The Reform Energy process captures potential energy in the commercial waste stream that would otherwise be lost.
  • Reform Energy plants provide new jobs within each local area, and strategic partnerships using the heat and power output offer opportunities for local economic development and regeneration.
  • Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are issued for the biomass fraction of the waste when the plant produces electricity, enhancing the normal income streams from heat and power output.
  • The energy recovered from the biodegradable elements of the waste stream affords some exemption from CO2emissions under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
  • Once established the Reform Energy plants have low operating and maintenance costs, enhancing the economic viability of the installations and ensuring rapid return on investment.