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New technology to convert landfill waste into clean energy source

UK-based company Renovare Fuels Limited has co-invented technology which can convert landfill gas into high-quality clean energy in the form of liquid diesel and gasoline fuel which is suitable for all motor vehicles, according to the company.

The company believes that this new technology will allow landfill operators to resale the fuel formed from the natural decomposition of organic material, or use it as fuel for their own fleets of refuse collection vehicles, saving millions of pounds.

Renovare Fuels Chairman, Matthew Stone said: “The production of renewable energy from landfill gas remains one of the pillars of Britain’s waste strategy. Modern landfill sites can be a major source of the UK’s renewable energy production for the foreseeable future.”

Mr Stone added: “Municipal solid waste is a source of renewable energy readily available at no cost. Currently landfill sites are in need of robust technology that can efficiently convert environmentally harmful pollutants found in landfill gas into a source of energy.”

Renovare Fuels plans to work with existing landfill operators to utilize its technology and produce large volumes of fuel which can then be used to power their own fleets of refuse collection vehicles without any engine refitting required as well as being sold commercially for other vehicles or even ships and planes.

The company already has a working pilot and is now raising further funds under the Enterprise Investment Scheme to build a mobile commercial scale unit to run demonstrations for the six main landfill operators in the UK. The comany then plans to develop a full-scale facility to produce gasoline and diesels from landfill gas.

Mr Stone said: “Energy production from renewable sources is strongly supported by the British government. We offer a strong value proposition to landfill operators to the production of high quality fuel in a cost effective manner and compliant with international standards. We will enable existing landfill operators to add lucrative additional sources of revenue to their existing models.”

If a demonstration plant trial proves successful, the company believes a full-scale facility could produce up to 190 barrels of hydrocarbon fuel per day and projects revenues of £12.8 million in 2018, rising to £38.3 million in 2020.

The company has stated the technology could be adopted in other markets around the world, with interest already being shown from the Middle East and south-east Asia.

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