Protos Biofuels’ first commercial-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels plant progresses
Protos Biofuels, a project developed by Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd and Greenergy, has announced that its first project to transform municipal waste into advanced biofuels has moved to the initial engineering design (FEED) phase.
Petrofac was appointed to deliver the FEED, with Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) to supply the gasifier which converts household waste into syngas (syngas); Proval to design the direct current plasma arc furnace that will be used to clean the syngas; and Wood to license their VESTA process which will convert syngas into biomethane and biohydrogen.
The commercial-scale Protos plant will incorporate ABSL’s RadGas process technology and be the first to produce grid-grade biomethane and biohydrogen from municipal waste. Located at the Protos site in North West England, the project site is part of HyNet North West, one of the UK’s leading industrial decarbonisation projects.
Due to be completed in 2025, the project will divert 150,000 tonnes of household waste per year, the amount produced by a major city, from landfill and incineration, converting it into low-carbon renewable fuel.
By using waste as a raw material, the plant will avoid 160,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, equivalent to the emissions of 107,000 cars, by replacing fossil fuels with alternative fuels made from waste. and carbon dioxide capture.
Martin Hopkins, Project Manager for Protos Biofuels, said, “We are excited to bring the first commercial-scale municipal waste-based biofuel plant to the FEED stage. Through Petrofac, SFW, Proval and Wood, we are bringing together world-class partners to develop a world-leading project to decarbonize transport. Once completed, the plant will play a vital role in delivering UK’s zero emissions and energy security strategies. »