Hitachi Zosen Inova has handed over the energy-from-waste plant in Edinburgh to the client. Featuring state-of-the-art EfW technology from HZI, the installation will supply around 32,000 households with electricity.  

On 18 April 2019, Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) handed over the Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Millerhill (Edinburgh) to the client, FCC E&M Ltd., a subsidiary of FCC Environment Ltd. After 31 months of construction, the facility now goes into regular operation.

The plant, located in the east of the Scottish capital, processes around 155,000 metric tons of non-recyclable household and commercial waste a year to generate thermal capacity of 50 MW of which over 12 MW electricity is fed into the grid – enough to meet the requirements of around 32,000 households. Besides playing a role in supplying energy to the region, the installation thus makes a substantial contribution to the implementation of Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan, which aims among other things to eliminate the use of landfill.

Never change a winning team

While the project in Edinburgh is HZI’s first foray into Scotland, it’s the fifth project the Swiss cleantech company has delivered on behalf of FCC. Paul Taylor, Group Chief Executive at FCC, describes the collaboration: “After plants in Zistersdorf in Austria, Hartlebury and Greatmoor in England, and the installation in Majorca in Spain, we can now also look back on a successful partnership with HZI in Edinburgh. Once again, they’ve proven to be a reliable partner that professionally delivers a high-quality product.”

“For HZI this project in the UK marks a further milestone in one of Europe’s most important markets, underscoring our role as one of the global leaders in thermal energy recovery,” says Andres Kronenberg, Chief Business Development Officer at HZI. “We are also proud that after Paris, Oslo, London and Dublin another European capital relies on our technology”, he adds.

Alongside the HZI combustion technology, tried and tested over many years in numerous facilities all over the world, the installation also features HZI XeroSorp®, a dry flue gas treatment system whose sophisticated design both reduces the plant’s water consumption and boosts thermal energy recovery.

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