Energy facility

Our Kingswood site already has planning consent for warehousing and industry. Rather than a distribution centre or a development similar to others already on the estate, we believe the location is ideal for an energy recovery facility. This would generate 34 megawatts of electricity – enough to power some 68,000 homes – and prevent 400,000 tonnes of residual waste – waste remaining after recycling – going to landfill each year. This is fully in line with the latest Landfill Diversion Strategy for the region.

Kingswood annotated overhead view

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The actual thermal technology would be provided by Von Roll Innova who has built nearly 400 similar plants across the world. It would be completely enclosed in an environmentally controlled building. This type of technology also already operates successfully in Staffordshire and the region and has recently been endorsed as the preferred future solution for municipal waste from the area.

The main building design is deliberately innovative and modern, in recognition of the high design standards aspired to by the local authorities and the wider regional agenda to improve the performance and perception of the waste management industry.

The plant will incorporate environmental treatment and air pollution control systems to ensure all emissions to air are in accordance with the very strict regulations applied by the Environment Agency to all such plants. An education and visitor facility would be included and the main building will be set in extensive landscaping.

As waste would be diverted to the energy plant from the landfill and as the new energy plant would be in place of industrial warehousing which could otherwise be built on this site, traffic would not increase. Access would be through the new Kingswood Lakeside industrial park road network leading from the A460 (Eastern Way) and the A5.

If we gain consent, opening this new access would be a priority and only limited deliveries to the AD plant would then use the existing entrance on the roundabout. Once the plant is operational – which could be by 2015 – most waste would come to the energy plant

Waste would be delivered to an enclosed reception hall and automatically transferred to one of two combustion chambers. Here the heat would be used to produce steam to power the electricity generators, as with other power stations.

The electricity produced would be fed to the National Grid, with a small proportion being used to power the plant itself. Since there are still large parts of the Kingswood industrial park which have not yet been developed, there is also the potential to supply heat and power to future development.

Staffordshire County Council’s energy recovery facility at the Four Ashes site is specifically for municipal waste from Staffordshire and some adjoining Council areas. Our Kingswood facility is intended to provide a diversion from landfill for the region’s non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste, although it would also be technically capable of treating municipal waste.