Advanced Plasma Power’s Gasplasma® technology selected for pioneering UK waste-to-jet-fuel project
Advanced Plasma Power (APP) has been selected by leading renewable fuels company Velocys, as the preferred gasification technology provider to support its project to produce sustainable aviation fuel from waste. The project, which has recently secured £4.9m of funding, is being developed with the support of industry partners and the Department for Transport.
APP’s Gasplasma® process is a clean, modular and scalable advanced waste to energy and fuels technology which delivers high efficiencies whilst minimising visual and environmental impact. The process is an innovative combination of two well-established technologies – gasification and plasma treatment, both of which have decades of proven commercial operation.
Velocys and its partners are currently developing the engineering and business case for the project and it is expected that a final investment decision will be reached in the first half of 2020. Once complete, the fuel produced at the plant would contribute to reducing carbon emissions and improving local air quality around major airports.
Rolf Stein, CEO of Advanced Plasma Power, said:
“We are delighted that our leading gasification technology has been selected for the project and look forward to continuing our work with the development consortium in helping realise this exciting and pioneering project. Our involvement in this and two further fuels projects, in addition to the commercial gas to grid project which will soon enter into operations, all of which are being supported by the Department for Transport, is a real validation of our biofuels strategy.”
David Pummell, CEO of Velocys, said:
“Successful funding of this next development phase further demonstrates the strength of Velocys’ renewable fuels business. The UK has taken another step forward towards becoming a world leader in low carbon aviation. Government funding, recent policy changes and successful completion of the feasibility study have enabled Velocys and its partners to move forward to the next phase and we look forward to working with APP towards realising the UK’s first waste-to-renewable jet fuel plant.”
20th June 2018
Velocys develops biorefineries using a combination of scalable, standardised and individually proven technologies. Velocys aims to become a material producer of renewable fuels by driving a series of projects, at advantaged locations with abundant feedstock, taking equity stakes in projects as well as deriving ongoing revenues from technology supply, technical service contracts and programme management. The company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The ticker symbol for Velocys is “VLS.L”.
The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK. Subject to a final investment decision, the ground-breaking project will take hundreds of thousands of tonnes per year of post-recycled waste, destined for landfill or incineration, and convert it into clean-burning, sustainable fuels. The jet fuel that is produced is expected to deliver over 70% greenhouse gas reduction and a 90% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel.
The Department for Transport (DfT) announced on 18th June the first stage winners under its Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C). The award of these grants, together with ongoing policy support provided by the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation, will help innovative waste-to-fuels project bring jobs and clean growth to the UK. The F4C initiative aims to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels capable of tackling emissions from the hard-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors. It is also intended to stimulate investment and to create jobs through the development of a prosperous domestic industry. Applicants that receive Stage 1 funding will be invited to apply for a share of a further £20 million Stage 2 funding to help with construction. The Stage 2 assessment will take place in December 2018 and the successful applicants will be announced in early 2019.
Advanced Plasma Power Limited (APP) is a world leader in waste to energy and advanced fuels technology. APP is revolutionising the way in which we treat waste sustainably by maximising the value from it as a source of materials and energy while minimising its impact on the environment. APP has developed the Gasplasma® process, a clean, modular and scalable advanced waste to energy and fuels technology which delivers high efficiencies whilst minimising visual and environmental impact. The Gasplasma® process is an innovative combination of two well-established technologies – gasification and plasma treatment, both of which have decades of proven commercial operation. In addition to the Velocys aviation fuel project, APP is working with Progressive Energy and Johnson Matthey, two other first stage winners under the Department for Transport’s F4C competition. For more information please consult www.advancedplasmapower.com.
APP is in the process of completing the construction of the world’s first waste to substitute natural gas project which received £11 million of Government funding under the Department for Transport’s Advanced Biofuels Competition. To find out more information on the ground breaking project, visit www.gogreengas.com.