Case Studies

The senior staff of Biocentre® have worked together for over 25 years in the design, operation and development of major waste processing facilities, including the following:

MSW = Municipal Solid Waste

C&I = Commercial & Industrial

CHP = Combined Heat & Power

KTPA = 1,000 Tonnes per Annum

Eastbourne plant, 1980-1986, 65ktpa MSW

In 1978 East Sussex County Council invited Tony Manser to convert the Eastbourne plant to convert municipal waste to solid fuels with a fully automated process, processing 65,000 tpa. The commercially successful project was delivered by R. Owen as project manager, and R. Wareham.

Isle of Wight plant, 1981 to date, 75ktpa MSW

Tony Manser was contracted to design and build the plant with R. Owen and R. Wareham for processing 75,000 tpa of mixed municipal and commercial wastes to produce dRDF for on-site CHP, phasing the heat supply later.

Hastings/Pebsham plant,1984-1990, 95ktpa MSW

This new plant was a third generation development from the Eastbourne design, and handled 95,000 tpa. It was managed by Tony Manser and upon its commissioning the Eastbourne plant was closed. The dRDF was sent to Slough Heat and Power, and other industrial users.

Arlington tower composting plant 1986, Hailsham, East Sussex.

The Arlington plant was a pilot venture to explore the possibility of creating composts from the organic residues separate from the refuse derived fuel processes. Tony Manser was Technical Director and responsible for the design, construction and operation of the plant. The plant produced good quality composts, and in the development work a number of new process machines were designed by Tony Manser, including a unit that overcame the historical problem of contamination by glass and metals.

Castle Bromwich plant, 1989-1998, 130ktpa MSW

The Birmingham plant was one of the original Department of the Environment sponsored facilities, designed to convert up to 100,000 tpa of municipal waste into fuel. It had not been successful and had been closed for some years when it was acquired by a new company formed for the purpose of turning the business around. Tony Manser moved to that company as Engineering and Operations Director and was responsible for the complete redesign and improvement of the processes. In addition to redesigning the fuel process, a large scale tower composting facility, based upon the Arlington design was built to treat the organic fractions, and the special machines first created for Arlington were redeveloped and manufactured full scale for the Birmingham plant. The plant passed its commissioning trials in 1990 at a minimum of 2,000 tonnes per week (104,000 tpa).

Slough Fibre Fuel Plant, 2003 to date, 125ktpa C&I wastes.

After a pilot plant for C&I wastes the full scale plant was designed to have the capacity for manufacturing up to 125,000 tpa. Designed, procured and project managed by Tony Manser with R. Owen and K. Wheelock, was the largest and most advanced refuse derived fuel plant in Europe. It is fully automatic using a sophisticated electronic control system. The fuel is consumed by an adjacent power station, Slough Heat and Power.

Castle Cement Plant, 2003 to date, 95 ktpa C&I wastes

This commercial scale plant was designed to supply pulverized fuel to cement kilns, at Ketton, Lincolnshire. This was a design and specification only contract. A substantial level of project management was required for this specific process. This work ran in parallel with that at Slough and was of a similar design. The fully automatic electronic control system was designed by Tony Manser and was similar to but not a copy of that at Slough. Project management was jointly conducted by Tony Manser and Richard Owen and was completed in 2003.

Birmingham Biocentre Ltd, 250ktpa C&I and MSW.

The first plant to be owned and operated under the Biocentre banner, operating the full 90%+ Biomass fuel Biocentre® manufacturing process. The Biocentre® Birmingham site is located close to central Birmingham with excellent access to regional road networks via “spaghetti junction”. The site has full Planning consent for 24/7 access and operations providing waste collection companies with a rapid turnaround service and within easy reach of many trunk roads and motorways. As the Biocentre® facility provides a “one-stop-shop” for recycling and renewable fuel preparation, providing a ‘zero to landfill’ service, the collection companies supplying the facility will also benefit from savings in collection logistics (i.e. less reliance on separate collections of different materials) and save on Carbon emissions as well. The site is ideally suited for supply of high quality biomass fuel pellets to power plant users in the midlands, project installation will commence later this year.

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