CHO-Power converts residual waste and biomass into energy, based the well-established gasification process enhanced by the use of the plasma torch technology. The energy performance and environmental performance of CHO Power electric power plants combine high outputs with a minimal ecological impact. The first CHO Power unit is situated in Morcenx (Landes), France and provides 12MWe and 18MWth from 37,000t/y of C&I waste and 15,000t/y of wood chips. CHO-Power is a new concept for converting residual waste and biomass into energy, based on enhancing the well-established gasification process by the addition of recent advances in plasma torch technology.

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21 rue Daugère , Bruges , 33 520 France
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Industry Type:
Waste to Energy
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

Waste and biomass are potential energy sources which are currently underutilised.

230 million tonnes of waste is sent to landfill or incinerated each year in Europe*, and significant amounts of biomass from agricultural and forestry sources are not used to their full advantage.

On another hand, the energy and environmental challenges we face mean that it is essential to transform these underutilised resources into clean, reliable electricity.

However, current energy recovery processes, such as incineration and anaerobic digestion, do not achieve the required level of electrical efficiency and regularity, or face local opposition.

CHO-Power provides a response to these pressing needs with its plasma-enhanced gasification process which:

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The need to maintain and protect our environment is obvious. We need to take it into account in our daily actions and in our big decisions. We need to control and regulate our own energy production process.


Transparent and clear information is a prerequisite for a modern industrial development and to establish clear trust.

Intellectual honesty:

“Nothing creates itself, nothing gets lost, everything gets transformed”. There is no miracle solution and we have to be realistic without, however, diminishing our level of responsibility.

Current energy challenges are prompting us to rethink established models.

We are going from a centralised electricity production and supply model to a decentralised model.

In fact, routing energy across borders or over long distances will gradually disappear to be replaced by production points ensuring a territorial network for better energy independence.

CHO-Power is part of this movement.

Our vision is for increasing numbers of small power plants which are well accepted by local people, forming an integral part of community facilities in the same way as stadiums and media libraries.

CHO-Power produces more electricity from the same source:

CHO-Power’s electrical efficiency can reach 40%, compared with 18-20% for a combustion cycle and steam turbine. A CHO-Power facility is a true electric power plant.

Electricity is generated locally in a reliable and constant manner, and it is not dependent on weather conditions:

The fuel comes from local resources, i.e. waste collected in the vicinity as well as biomass from the region. This creates a virtuous circle responding to growing demand for more proximity in a globalised society. In fact, CHO-Power covers more than 20% of household electricity requirements. [Find out more]

The process accepts a wide range of fuels:

The adaptability of CHO-Power plants to local markets is all the greater because the method accepts a wide variety of fuels, ranging from non-hazardous ordinary industrial, commercial and domestic waste to automotive shredder residue to the purest and most prepared biomass. [Find out more]

The CHO-Power solution is part of a sustainable waste management process:

In accordance with the European Directive which promotes the prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and safe disposal of waste, CHO-Power slots into the chain after sorting and recycling, avoids landfill and discourages waste production.

The units are compact and totally integrated:

CHO-Power attaches particularly importance to integrating its units into urban areas where space is limited or in rural areas where massive facilities generate increased traffic flow. These reasonably sized facilities can be dressed to blend in with the local landscape or, in contrast, serve as architectural landmarks.