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APP and National Grid get £1.9 million to turn waste into natural gas


Ofgem’s Gas Network innovation Competition has given Advanced Plasma Power, National Grid and Progressive Energy £1.9 million to turn waste into gas for the grid.

The Swindon-based demonstration plant will take residual household waste and turn it into a low carbon methane or bio-substitute natural gas (Bio-SNG) that can be injected into the natural gas grid.

As part of its work on future energy scenarios, National Grid has identified that decarbonised gas could be a vital part of the energy mix in the coming decades and this method could play a crucial role in providing decarbonised heating.

National Grid energy demand manager Marcus Stewart said: “Innovation is at the heart of National Grid’s approach to keeping the gas flowing.”

“This £1.9 million of funding will be a massive boost to the project, which aims to develop a cleaner way to heat our homes and businesses. We see this as a very important development in the decarbonisation of heat and are pleased that Ofgem shares this view.”

Advanced Plasma Power chief executive Rolf Stein said: “Green gas, produced using our Gasplasma technology, is a viable, cost-efficient and green alternative to natural gas. Indeed, its expansion could help the UK in realising its ambitions of keeping the lights on, reducing carbon emissions, keeping energy costs low for consumers and diverting waste from landfill – a truly complete solution.”