Will it be able to generate heat and electricity?

The replacement Energy Recovery Facility will have the ability to export power to the national grid and to provide heat to a decentralised energy network. In particular, our facility has the potential to unlock the sustainable development of thousands of new homes and businesses at Meridian Water by providing them with a low-carbon heating network. In particular, our facility will unlock one of the UK’s largest District Heat Networks. This is a network supplying up to 50,000 local homes with low-carbon heating and hot water generated by heat from the energy recovery process. The heat network will include homes at Meridian Water.

The generation of both heat and electrical power (as opposed to solely electricity) is more energy efficient and makes greater use of the available energy in the waste.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) recently reaffirmed its support for our project on the basis that it will provides combined heat and power, in line with the Mayor of London’s standards. The Mayor sets a target known as a Carbon Intensity Floor which ensures that energy generated from waste activities is no more polluting in carbon terms than the energy source it replaces. Our plant will operate up to 25% better than the Mayor of London’s target.

There is potential to reduce the carbon intensity even further if we provide more heat energy to the District Heat Network than electricity. This is because heat energy is less carbon intensive to produce from energy from waste facilities than electricity.