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Lockheed Martin, CoGen team up to build waste-to-energy project in UK

Published 12 October 2016

American aerospace and defence company, Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement with CoGen to develop energy-from-waste project in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2018 and is scheduled to start operations by 2020.

The energy-from-waste plant at Cardiff will generate up to 15MW of power, which is enough to power 15,000 UK homes and businesses in the local area.

The plant will process about 150,000 tons of waste annually, reducing the use of landfills significantly in the process.

CoGen will be the owner and developer of the Cardiff project, while Lockheed Martin will be responsible for engineering, procurement, manufacturing and construction of the project.

The facility will see the installation of Concord Blue’s Reformer technology, which will convert waste to energy through a process known as advanced gasification. The technology is said to transform any kind of organic waste into clean and sustainable energy.

Lockheed Martin Energy vice president Frank Armijo said: “This project will make a substantial contribution to Cardiff and will further showcase how bioenergy technologies can help reduce waste, decrease pollution and generate clean, renewable energy.

“We’re excited to team with CoGen, and we’re looking forward to other projects where we can help businesses, manufacturers and UK municipal and regional governments address their critical waste and energy challenges.”

The two companies are also looking to develop similar energy-from-waste projects, which are of small-scale for both commercial and industrial purposes across the UK.

CoGen chief executive officer Ian Brooking said: “Cardiff will be the first of a pipeline of projects that over the coming decade will see local, smaller-scale generation play a bigger part in delivering the UK’s energy requirements. Based in England, CoGen is a leading advanced gasification energy-from-waste company within the UK.

The company currently has five projects either generating energy or under construction and six additional projects in planning.

Image: Officials of Lockheed Martin and CoGen signing the agreement to develop waste-to-energy project in UK. Photo: Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.