energy & environment

Advanced thermal conversion facility

Innovation is one of the key driving forces of the Yorkshire Water business. Allowing it to deliver more at the same time as keeping costs down. This £3m energy from waste project is just one example of the innovative measures Yorkshire Water is developing to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure the resources available are maximised. 

Background

The project’s objective was to facilitate the generation of;

  • Fuel pelletisation of dried sewage sludge and screenings
  • Drying of sewage sludge utilising waste/recovered heat from the process
  • Gasification of biomass
  • Power and heat generation of renewable energy

Scope

RB Group was engaged to take on the responsibility of overseeing various aspects of the project, including site management, the revision of existing site documentation, the development of process improvement designs, and the implementation of process safety and compliance measures.

To document the existing site including:

  • PIDs generation control philosophy creation
  • O&M centralisation
  • Process improvement design

Work including:

  • Pellet plant reconfiguration
  • Scrubber optimisations Heat recovery system installation
  • Thermal Oxidiser Unit (TOU) optimisation Process expansion

Compliance works including:

  • HAZOP studies
  • Basis of safety document creation IPPC creation
  • LOPA studies / SIL assessments
  • HAC development and compliance

The challenge

RB Group addressed numerous process optimisation and safety challenges with the following technologies:

  • Fuel pelletisation of dried sewage sludge and screenings
  • Drying of sewage sludge utilising waste/recovered heat from the process
  • Gasification of biomass.
  • Power and heat generation of renewable energy

The solution

RB Group successfully met all project deliverables and milestones within the allocated budget and timeline. The completed project emerged as a pioneering facility in the sector, excelling in energy production and emissions control, setting a benchmark for future endeavours.

“RB Group provided us with expert professional engineering support throughout this project. Culturally their engineers seamlessly integrated into our single team and were key contributors to the success of the project. We expect this to be the start of an ongoing relationship as our technology is deployed throughout the UK”

The benefit

While being operated as a R&D plant, in CHP mode it amassed ~10,000 hours on Jenbacher 612 engine, and approx. 3.2 GWh of power was delivered to Yorkshire Water’s nearby sludge works, residual heat being used for sludge drying needs.1

1https://www.etgas.eu/our-projects

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