The Biocentre® team have extensive computer databases of waste analysis, developed over many years of research and hard, practical plant design, installation and operation.
Biocentre®‘s management know how waste and all its various fractions behave in almost any mechanical handling situation. This allows the accurate mathematical modelling of a vast range of possible scenarios before the design process begins.
For over two decades the Biocentre® team has been the leading designer of mixed waste processing plants. These integrate several on-site component parts to provide enclosed composting and refining of putrescible fractions, and the production of refined biomass based fuels.
Biocentre® are focused on the production of refined biomass fuels. The earlier generation fuels have been proven to displace coal. The most modern and proven technology and control systems are used, as part of the continued evolution and improvement in automation.
In the 1980s the senior team developed the first commercially successful refined Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) plants of their kind in the UK at Eastbourne, the Isle of Wight, Hastings and a tower composting plant at Arlington. This was followed by the redesign and redevelopment of the Castle Bromwich RDF plant in 1990 that incorporated large-scale tower composting to treat the organic fractions, prior to refining.
In 1991 Advanced Recycling Technologies Ltd (“ART”) was incorporated by four directors to own and operate waste processing plants using the experience from previous projects. Shortly afterwards, however, the industry was stopped in its tracks as a result of the way in which the UK implemented the EU Waste Incineration Directive (WID). The UK failed to implement the derogation offered from the EU under WID that referred to the EU Waste Framework Directive for the definition of ‘waste’.
In 1996, all fuels came under WID, but the EU recognized the difference of specifically refined RDF not to be classed as ‘waste’ due to the high level of processing and end product standardization and quality control. As a result such processing plants were replaced by landfill, a situation which has contributed significantly to Climate Change. This has now led to the new EU Waste Framework Directive (2008) which deregulates the use of such highly processed fuels, among other products.
During the 1990s and early 2000s the small but highly experienced and technically outstanding team continued to work together on numerous projects, which included re-design and design from scratch of major waste processing plants at commercial scale in the UK (see Projects page).
In 2007 development capital was secured from Cargill PLC to develop, design, build, own and operate (with partner companies / funds) and in 2009 the core team was expanded with a number of senior staff providing additional skills and specialist experience to prepare for delivery of a number of Biocentre® facilities.
These plants will be the most advanced technological processes for mixed commercial, industrial and household waste to produce clean, consistent quality biomass fuel for power generation, thus reducing the impact on the environment from landfill or incineration and helping to reduce the threats of Climate Change.
2011: A high quality investment syndicate secured for the first plant in Birmingham. Full Due Diligence completed. Syndicate commits to Birmingham and a planned roll out of 10 sites across the UK.
In 2012 Biocentre Technology Ltd is founded by the team behind ART and acquires all of the assets including the technology, the project in Birmingham and the roll out plans.