Showing how to turn waste into energy
November 5th, 2013
A COMPANY which developed technology used across four continents to turn waste into energy and fuel is an example of a local firm at the cutting edge of the sector.
Chinook Sciences, based at the Nottingham Science Park, has developed advanced thermal treatment end-stage recycling technology for clean renewable energy generation.
The system enables full recovery of valuables from waste, reducing landfill and recovering energy, without burning or incineration.
Since its formation in 1998, Chinook has been granted almost 100 patents, with many more applications pending.
The geographical focus includes the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
Chinook has installed its technology in 16 plants worldwide, with two further plants in construction and a number of other developments in final contract negotiations. These include a development for the Middle East which will be the world''s largest non-incineration advanced energy from waste facility.
Will Temple, corporate strategy director, said: "The Chinook technology is now in its ninth design generation and has an unrivalled 13-year track record of industrial commercial operation, with an unblemished environmental record.
"The patented technology is called Active Pyrolysis, which uniquely combines advanced recycling and renewable energy generation for any type of waste, all within one system. It can be tailored for anything from community-scale application to large commercial plants.
"Each year more than 27 million tonnes of residual waste is left after recycling the UK''s domestic and commercial waste.
"Within this are thousands of tonnes of valuable metals such as aluminium, steel and copper, all much of which has historically been sent to landfill, as there have not been technologies available to effectively recover metal from mixed waste.
"All this is avoided with our unique End Stage Recycling concept, which can recover four kilogrammes of these valuable metals from every tonne of residual waste while generating green electricity from the same waste,'''' added Mr Temple.
"Processing these waste streams and diverting them from landfill avoids the indiscriminate production of methane from landfills, which is a very significant contributor to greenhouse gases.
"Chinook is developing the Nottingham Energy Park in Bulwell.
"This development will have a significant positive effect on CO2 emissions, showing a saving over previous waste treatment methods of approximately 175,000 tonnes per year of CO2, a development of which Chinook is extremely proud.
"The significant CO2 reduction benefits are derived from the elimination of the energy required in the production of primary metals, the avoidance of methane generated from landfill and the replacement of fossil generated electricity in the national grid."
In the field of commercial and industrial waste, Chinook is finalising construction of the world''s largest industrial waste to energy plant at Oldbury in the West Midlands.
This will process 180,000 tonnes per year of recycling residues, generating 40 MW of electricity and recovering 10,000 tonnes per year of valuable metals that would otherwise have been lost to landfill.