ABSL and Greenergy will produce biofuel from municipal waste

Design work for the first factory, which will be located at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, is underway, ABSL said. Commercial production is expected to begin in 2025. Subsequent plants are planned “over the following years”.

Greenergy and ABSL say their first plant will convert 133,000 tonnes of municipal waste into biomethane (photo: Steve Pope,
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The first plant will transform 133,000 tonnes of municipal waste each year into biomethane for gasoline vehicles or biohydrogen for hydrogen vehicles. It will use technology developed by ABSL known as RadGas.

The process uses gasification to convert the waste into a tar-free synthetic gas, which can then be converted into biomethane.

Greenergy said letrecycle.com that municipal waste would come from a mix of large-scale waste companies, as well as small local waste companies and aggregators/brokers. They added that the raw material would come from the UK.

ABSL claims the five plants would save 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, with output equivalent to powering 5,000 heavy goods vehicles.

RadGas

Founded in March 2019 and based in Swindon, ABSL describes itself as a private company backed by investment funds and high net worth individuals, backed by external government funding.

Nathan Burkey, Executive Chairman of ABSL, said in a statement today (November 11): “Today’s announcement enables ABSL to significantly accelerate the speed and scale of deployment of our RadGas technology. .

“The partnership combines cutting-edge technology with experience in large-scale fuel production and distribution to produce low-carbon transport fuels critical to achieving Net Zero.”

Development fuels

The fuels will qualify as development fuels under the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), ABSL said. RTFO legislation requires transportation fuels to contain an increasing percentage of renewable development fuels, defined as new types of advanced biofuels made from sustainable waste. The content target was introduced at 0.1% of total fuel by volume in 2019 and continues to increase each year to reach 2.8% by 2032.

We continue to advance innovative waste fuel projects that divert waste from landfill or incineration

– Christian Flach, CEO of Greenergy

Christian Flach, CEO of Greenergy, said, “We continue to advance innovative waste fuel projects that divert waste from landfill or incineration and create low carbon fuels for the large-scale transport sector.

“This agreement is a further expansion of our leading renewable energy business and will allow us to continue to support our customers throughout the energy transition.”

Self-described as “Europe’s largest producer of biodiesel from waste”, Greenergy operates three plants to convert waste into biodiesel. Two are located on the east coast of England, he says, while the company operates a third in Amsterdam.

Ellesmere Harbor

Existing energy waste management facilities in the Ellesmere Port area include Veolia’s 100,000 tonne per year hazardous waste incinerator and Viridor’s massive Runcorn plant at 1.1 million tonnes per year, the largest in the UK.

Biffa, US waste management company Covanta and green investment group Macquarie reached financial close for their proposed 400,000 tonne per year Protos facility in Cheshire last December (see letrecycle.com story).

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Melissa C. Keyes