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New power plant turning waste into energy could outperform Tynes Bay, Bermuda

A waste-to-energy plant capable of producing ten times more electricity than Tynes Bay has been proposed to members of Government.

The facility, proposed as a replacement for Tynes Bay, would also produce agricultural-grade fresh water and process sewage currently being disposed of at sea.

The idea was presented to Hamilton Rotary members today by the Bermuda Environmental Energy Sustainable Group (BEESG).

Oliver Binns said the site could be ready in less than four years and produce around 20MW of electricity, enough to power thousands of homes.

Government has plans to refurbish Tynes Bay so that its energy production capabilities are doubled Mr Binns said the proposed plant would still be far more effective.

“When I learned about this technology, I realised this could be utilised by Bermuda, my home,” he said.

The plant would use Stabilat, technology currently used in several European cities. Designed by Herhof GmbH, the technology removes metals, batteries and glass from waste and sewage before drying it to produce Stabilat.

Stabilat is capable of producing far more energy than regular waste, and can potentially be stored for years.

This means the facility would be able to store fuel for when it is needed.

The process also results in the production of fresh water, which is extracted from the waste; the separated glass and metals can be recycled and shipped internationally.

“We already have agreements in place,” Mr Binns said.

He added that the move would provide construction jobs while the facility is built.

The plant would also require a staff of 104 to operate, with existing Tynes Bay staff given offers for retraining for positions at the new plant.

And by developing the project in stages, he said the site could be constructed without affecting service to the public.

BEESG intends to ask Government for a 20-year contract, along with five acres of property on adjacent land to construct the new site, which Mr Binns said would be entirely funded by investors.

Asked for the cost to Government of the project, he responded: “Zero.”

Herhof GmbH would also be involved in the project, and could showcase the site for potential investors in other countries, bringing additional business tourism to the Island, he said.

Mr Binns said he has already met with Government officials in several Ministries about the proposal.

His aim is to present the proposal to Cabinet in the near future.

“All we need is an memorandum of understanding from Government,” he said. “Then we can go ahead and hear from people, get some investors and carry out some studies.”

BEESG is working with the Ascendant Group on the project.

Ascendant president and CEO Vince Ingham said the project was vital for Bermuda to reach its goal of running on 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.

“This 20MW represents a significant portion of the 20 percent,” he said. “We see this as a significant contribution to that end.”

He said that the plant would be able to provide a steady source of electricity, unlike solar or wind turbine devices.

“One of the things about these technologies that we have to recognise is that they are intermittent power sources,” he said. “Solar doesn’t produce at night, and wind doesn’t produce when there isn’t much wind.

“This technology produces power on a constant basis. That’s what we like about this project.”



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