Energos has gained planning approval for an energy-from-waste CHP facility at Knowsley, Merseyside, UK.

The £40million (US$60 million) plus development will be a UK and international training centre and an environmental technology showcase for the UK company’s advanced gasification process. It will take two years to build and construction is expected to start in 2010 with completion scheduled for 2012.

Converting leftover, non-recyclable waste into electricity as well as creating heat for local industry, total output is estimated at around 50 MW.

Energos will use its own patented two-stage gasification technology in the development.

Nick Dawber, managing director of Energos said: ‘We look forward to making a positive contribution to the Knowsley community and can now begin detailed discussions with neighbouring businesses to supply affordable, secure heat energy from a renewable source. This will enable them to keep costs controlled, reduce their carbon footprint and maintain their competitive edge and job security.’