The Swindon-based demonstration project - managed by National Grid, Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy - will use waste as a feedstock to produce low carbon methane, or bio-substitute natural gas (Bio-SNG).
The plant will take household waste which would otherwise be incinerated or go to landfill, and turn it into gas suitable for injection it into the gas network. This method could play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of heating by unlocking previously untapped sources of low carbon gas and help reach the UK's binding carbon reduction targets. 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.
Marcus Stewart, Energy Demand Manager, National Grid, said:
Innovation is at the heart of National Grid's approach to keeping the gas flowing.
This £1.9m 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 share this view
Rolf Stein, CEO of Advance Plasma Power, said:
Green gas, produced using our Gasplama® 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".
Chris Manson-Whitton, Director, Progressive Energy, said:
Stewarding our waste resources to deliver renewable substitute natural gas to customers is an important and valuable element in delivering low carbon, secure energy supplies.
We welcome Ofgem's recognition of the strength of the project and the delivery team. We look forward to demonstrating the technology as a platform for widespread deployment.