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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opens Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) facility

October 27, 2010

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today opened the Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Colnbrook, near Slough and Heathrow Terminal 5 and received a tour of the plant. Welcomed by the Rt Hon Mrs Bayliss, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and local civic dignitaries, His Royal Highness saw how the plant exports enough energy recovered from residual waste to meet the domestic needs of around 50,000 householders, close to the population of Slough.

The opening of the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility offered the opportunity for Lakeside’s key customers and other guests to take a tour of the plant and learn more about how the site safely processes waste. The event was attended by His Excellency Shin Ebihara, the Japanese Ambassador, who gave a speech about the role of energy from waste and reducing global warming and Mike Crowther, the architect, who explained the design of the facility and the adjoining Education Centre.

“Lakeside is a significant facility on the edge of London that recovers sustainable energy from up to 410,000 tonnes of residual waste. With the plant now operational, the opening event has enabled us to explain how we work with our customers to process that waste safely and provide green electricity into the National Grid.” said Doug Benjafield, Chairman of the Lakeside Board.

“The Lakeside facility is an excellent example of how effective energy from waste facilities can be in generating much needed, base-load power for the National Grid, largely from non-fossil fuels. We are delighted that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has shown such a keen interest in this modern technology at the opening of the plant.  We were able to demonstrate to all our guests the importance of safely and efficiently harnessing energy from residual waste.”

Lakeside EfW Limited is a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor, two leading UK recycling, renewable power and waste management companies.  The facility has the capacity to recover energy from up to 410,000 tonnes of residual waste per year from local authorities and businesses and is capable of producing 37 Megawatts of power.

Once the recyclable materials have been removed from household and commercial waste, energy from waste is one of the most effective ways to harness residual energy from the remaining materials. EfW not only produces sustainable energy for export to the National Grid it also diverts waste from landfill.

The Lakeside EfW facility also has the potential to supply surplus heat to local infrastructure, making it a combined heat and power (CHP) plant.  CHP feasibility and implementation options are currently being explored. 


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