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Novel technology for conversion of plastic, packaging and agricultural waste to electricity, process heat and commodities.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Reference Number: TOUK20200107001
Publication Date: 8 January 2020

Summary

A UK bioenergy and biorenewables SME has developed technology that converts plastic, packaging & crop waste to electricity, process heat & commodities. It provides off-grid access to reliable, affordable electricity as well as containerised power-generation, which is quick and easy to deploy and enables the use of all types of agricultural and manufacturing waste. The company is seeking strategic partners and project collaborations through licence, technical or research cooperation agreements.

Description

The UK SME is a bioenergy and biorenewables technology developer with factory facilities and a technology incubator.

The company’s mission is to be one of the fastest-growing integrated clean energy production specialists driving carbon negative engineering, offering process design, installation & commissioning services to deliver systems that convert customer waste streams into biochar, renewable energy and value-added chemicals in a social, economic and environmentally responsible manner.

The company has developed a novel technology which turns waste biomass into a decentralized source of combined heat, power and value-added commodities e.g. biochar smokeless fuel briquettes.

This technology is designed to handle a much wider range of feedstocks than the conventional gasifier technologies currently on the market.

By processing high volumes of cheap, abundant waste materials, the technology will be able to provide clean-carbon neutral heat and power at a very competitive unit cost per kWh.

- The company was incorporated in May 2017 and within one year it successfully tested its proof of concept.

- In 2018 the company was awarded funding to develop a prototype which is scheduled to commence operation early in 2020.

- By November 2018 the company filed its first international patent.

- In February 2019, the company was awarded a grant to conduct a 12-month feasibility study in Nigeria, supported by a consortium of six international partners

The company is offering a commercial trial to convert waste into renewable heat, power and value-added commodities, using their UK-based pilot plant. Technical or research collaboration agreements are envisaged.

The company is also looking to conduct onsite trials with test-case partners in different sectors, with a view to awarding commercial licenses to successful partners for the commercialisation of the technology. Areas of significant interest include: plastic waste handlers, recyclers and reprocessors, packaging manufacturers, plastic product manufacturers, anaerobic digestion (AD) operators, fermented beverage manufacturers, distilleries, and food manufacturers.

As part of plans to develop their unique business model, supply chain and route to market, the company is also open to discuss other types of cooperation with potential customers and project collaborators.

Advantages and Innovations

This technology is designed to handle a much wider range of feedstocks than conventional gasifier technologies currently on the market. By processing high volumes of cheap, abundant waste and biomass, this technology will be able to provide clean-carbon neutral heat & power at a very competitive unit cost per kWh.

In terms of unit cost per kWh of electricity small hydro is the cheapest on the market and petrol generators are the most expensive. However, neither of these technologies converts waste into electricity. AD-biogas does convert some waste materials into electricity but AD requires large volumes of water.

This containerised waste to energy technology has the key advantage of converting a wide range of waste materials whilst delivering electricity for less than $0.10/kWh.

The technology has three unique selling points which address provision of electricity access in off-grid locations:

- Each 100kW unit provides containerised power generation that is quick & easy to deploy.

- The technology is feedstock flexible and can use all types of agricultural and manufacturing waste.

- In addition to electricity, it produces commodities that can either be sold in local markets, or exported to generate foreign exchange.

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Stage Of Development Comment

The prototype will be used to test a wide range of feedstocks. The data from these trials will inform the technical scale-up and business case of the commercial equipment.

Requested partner

The company is seeking to partner with industrial companies and research organisations active in multiple sectors, with the following areas of particular interest:

a) Plastic waste handlers, recyclers and reprocessors;
b) Packaging manufacturers; plastic product manufacturers;
c) Anaerobic digestion operators; fermented beverage manufacturers;
d) Distilleries;
e) Food manufacturers.

The company is offering commercial trials to convert waste into renewable heat, power and value-added commodities, using the company’s UK-based pilot plant under technical or research cooperation agreements.

The company is also seeking to conduct onsite trials with test-case partners in different sectors, with a view to awarding commercial licenses to successful partners for the commercialisation of the technology.

The company is also open to discuss other types of cooperation with potential customers and project collaborators as part of plans to develop its unique business model, supply chain and route to market.

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