Use for incinerator's excess heat energy still to be determined
SHIRE Hall bosses still do not know how to make use of the excess heat energy generated by the proposed incinerator at Javelin Park.
Gloucestershire County Council and Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB), the company behind the facility, have been looking at how to use of the energy.
But so far they have not been able to set any plans in concrete.
The planned incinerator will produce 116,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year by burning waste – enough energy to power 25,000 homes.
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A small amount of this electricity will be used to power the incinerator site, while the remainder will be sold by the council to the National Grid.
But the incinerator will also generate heat energy and a question mark still remains over how it can be used.
The authority said UBB is looking at finding ways for industry to use the energy.
Councillor Chas Fellows (C, Chalford), cabinet member for economy and environment, said: "At the moment we don't appear to have anyone willing to sign on."
Councillor Sarah Lunnon (Green, Stroud East) believed the issue needed to be resolved to ensure the incinerator, if it is built, is efficient.
She said: "There is no heat user at Javelin Park and that is one of the issues that has been raised.
"If we are going to burn residual waste, it seems to me that we should use all of the energy that we generate from that process and that includes the heat.
"My feeling is that if the facility is to be built, it should be built to be as efficient as possible.
"If there is no end user for the heat, the fact is the plant will be less efficient than if there was a heat user."
A spokeswoman for Urbaser Balfour Beatty added: "The facility has been designed so that heat generated by the process can be captured and used by neighbouring and local developments should the opportunities arise, meaning more efficient use can be made of the energy contained in the waste.
"Looking to the future, we are also considering how the facility can be made ready for new developments, ensuring that opportunities for low cost, low carbon heat energy are available throughout its life."