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Energy From Waste...

Energy recovery has a major part to play within the Waste Hierarchy. Once the preferred options of waste reduction, re-use and recycling have been exhausted, Energy from Waste is one of the best available techniques for the recovery of residual energy from the waste that remains.

Energy from Waste facilities divert huge volumes of waste from landfill. They also generate substantial amounts of power, helping to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels. In so doing, they make a vital contribution to both the sustainable energy generation capacity and the energy security of the UK.

Our Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Colnbrook, a joint venture with Viridor, became fully operational in January 2010. The plant is capable of recovering energy from over 410,000 tonnes of residual waste per year from local authorities and businesses. Lakeside EfW generates 37 MW of electricity. A small amount is used to power the plant itself while the vast majority is exported to the National Grid - enough to meet the domestic needs of c.50,000 homes, more than the population of Slough.

Lakeside EfW has also been designed with the potential to export surplus heat, thus making it a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, as and when the local infrastructure become available to support this process.

Lakeside EfW remains one of the most modern facilities of its type in the UK, operating under strict environmental controls under a permit administered by the Environment Agency

All of Grundon’s remaining landfill sites are monitored for landfill gas production and migration - and wherever possible the excess gas is used to generate power for export to the National Grid.

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Extra Green Energy from Lakeside Energy from Waste Plant
One third of the south-facing curved roof at the back of the plant now accommodates 1000 solar panels, which generate 230,500 Kwh of sustainable energy a year
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Lakeside EfW takes home two renewable energy awards
Grundon’s joint venture was given Awards in the categories of ‘Best Designed Renewable Energy Facility’ and ‘Energy from Waste Facility of the Year’.
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Lakeside lands Peel People's Cup
Operating team at Lakeside Energy from Waste voted best in the UK!
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Duke of Gloucester visits Grundon facilities at Colnbrook
The Duke remarked that modern waste management is a very complex subject and it was very interesting to see so many types of activities co-located on one site
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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opens Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) facility
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.
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Lakeside Energy from Waste wins 2nd Award
Following its success in the 2009 Letsrecycle Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management, Lakeside Energy from Waste has won a second award.
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The volume of waste produced in the UK in one hour would fill the Albert Hall.