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Information for Derby Alternative Energy Plant, Victory Road, Sinfin

Status: Prevented
Planning Region: East Midlands
Planning Sub-Region: Derby
Operator: Clean Electricity Generation (CEG) who are funded by Momentum Capital and Transformative Energy and Materials Capital (TEM Capital)
Capacity: 30,000
Campaign Group(s): Derby FoE and Sinfin and Spondon Against INcineration (SSAIN)
Notes: A "full scale demonstration plant" has been built which uses "Proprietary Torrefaction Reactor Technology" to use generate syngas from biomass which is burned in a gas engine to supposedly generate electricity and "Torrefied Pellets" [Source, Source]. According to the operator, "Torrefaction is thermal treatment of biomass in an environment with low oxygen content" [Source]. Whilst the technology seems to be marketed as capable of treating clean waste wood rather than just dedicated biomass, it is unclear whether the facility may end up having to use virgin timber. The facility re-uses the same building as the previous facility on the site, which was run by Clarke Power Services / Withion Power Limited. The previous wood-burning biomass incinerator was granted planning permission in 2008 and an environmental permit in March 2011, but never completed its testing [Source]. Due to "funding issues" the previous plant was closed within months of becoming operational in 2012, and the site was put up for sale in July 2013 [Source]. The permit was transferred in May 2014 (old no. EPR/YP3838TF, new no. EPR/FP3739VA) [Source], but may need to be varied. The site did not process any waste in 2017. The EA's Waste Data Interrogator 2018 - entry for the site states: "Commissioning halted in 2012. Not burnt any waste yet....Not operating as an incinerator at the present" [Source] (Entry updated 2020-01-06)

Waste management for England 2018: Non-operational (Environment Agency)

Uses data from Waste Data Interrogator 2018 - 2018 Waste Summary Tables for England - Version 2 released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitOperator NameSite NameSite AddressFormer Planning RegionFormer Planning Sub-RegionEA AreaTypePermitted Capacity (tonnes)Comment
FP3739VAClean Electricity Generation LtdDerby Alternative Energy PlantUnit 1 Victory Road Business Park,Victory Road,DERBY,Derbyshire DE24 8EJEast MidlandsDerbyshireDerbyshire Nottinghamshire and LeicestershireBiomass / Waste wood30,000Commissioning halted in 2012. Not burnt any waste yet. Permit was transferred to present operator May 2014. Not operating as an incinerator at the present.

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