The first plant is to be situated at Ellesmere Port near Liverpool and design work is underway with commercial production due to commence in 2025. Subsequent plants are planned over the following years.
Together, the five plants would replace millions of litres of fossil petrol and diesel used in transport fuels, saving 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, with the output of the plants equivalent to powering 5,000 HGVs.
Solving the waste problem and contributing to the development fuels obligation
The disposal of municipal waste in the UK is a significant problem, with a significant amount of waste from UK homes and businesses sent to landfill or incinerated but, using ABSL’s proven and patented RadGas technology, the first plant will convert annually 133,000 tonnes of municipal waste into biomethane for gas vehicles or biohydrogen for hydrogen vehicles.
The fuels will qualify as development fuels (new types of advanced biofuels made from sustainable wastes, such as municipal waste) under the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. The RTFO legislation requires that transportation fuels must contain a growing percentage of renewable Development Fuels (dRTFC) with the target introduced at 0.1% of total fuel by volume in 2019 and continuing to increase each year to 2.8% by 2032.
Low carbon fuels for transport
Nathan Burkey, executive chairman of ABSL, said: “Today’s announcement enables ABSL to accelerate significantly the speed and scale of the deployment of our RadGas technology. The partnership brings together cutting-edge technology with the experience of large-scale fuel production and distribution to produce low carbon fuels for transport critical to achieving Net Zero.”
Christian Flach, Greenergy CEO added: “We are continuing to progress innovative waste-based fuel projects that divert waste from landfill or incineration and create low carbon fuels for the transport sector at scale. This agreement is a further expansion of our leading renewables business and will enable us to continue to support our customers through the energy transition.”
When complete, the first project will transform 133,000 tonnes of waste into renewable fuels for transportation. More about Greenergy’s investments in producing biofuels from waste can be found here.