Presidential Visit Oct 2019Technical Lecture Automobile Division Chair’s Address - 100 Years of Bentley MotorsWirral Arts Festival – How engineering and technology are transforming the healthcare sector!Technical Lecture - The U-Battery, providing local low carbon energy? Visit to the Queensway (Birkenhead) TunnelNew Members Event July 2019Technical Visit to Hoylake Station- June 2019Technical Visit – Tata Steel- Apr 19Technical Lecture Arion 5- Feb 19Atlas Copco Visit- Nov 2018Energy Storage Talk- Nov 2018Wirral Arts Festival- Oct 2018Urenco Site Visit July 2018New Members Event July 2018UAS Challenge June 2018Community Hydro visitCammell Laird- Apprentice VisitEESW Big Bang - March 2018Annual Dinner - March 2018Land Rover 4x4 Schools Technology Challenge Jan 18Space Debris Jan 2018IMechE Engineering Heritage Award - The Daniel Adamson - a fully restored 1903 steam shipEngineering Your Future Careers all day Event- NOv 17Vist to Vauxhall Motors Ellesmere Port Nov 2017Quadcopter Challenge - Nov 2017School's Challenge - Nov 2017Skills Cymru 2017Engineering Your Future Careers all day Event - OctWales GB Rally - Oct 2017Region Supporting Team Falcon F1 in SchoolsWales National Eisteddfod - August 2017Presidential Visit and Annual Dinner - March 2017Bangor Science Festival - March 2017Solar Vehicles - Jan 2017Wave Energy Technical Lecture - Nov 2016Technical Visit to Toyota (Deeside Plant) - May 2016Wales GB RallyRegion Supporting Team Tachyon F1 in SchoolsTechnical Visit to RWEs Dolgarrog Hydro Site - May 2016Technical Visit to Electroimpact - May 2016Breaking the Human Powered land speed record - April 2016EESW Big Bang Event and IMechE Award - April 2016Farwell to Magnox - Seminar - Oct 2015From Formula 1 to Everyday Use (part of the Heswall Arts Festival ) 1 Oct 2015Vehicle Technology: Where Next? 1st Oct 2015Visit to Hoylake Lifeboat Station - Sept 2015Technical Visit to the Anderton Boat Lift - Oct 2013Bright Lights and Engineering Technical Seminar June 2015The History and Design of the Sea PloughYoung Person of the Year 2009 AwardVisit to the Deeside Power StationOpTIC TechniumSustainable EnergyProcessing Energy from WasteSir Alec Issigonis The man and his machineWaterside Most Improved Apprentice 2009Wales National Eisteddfod 2019

Processing Energy from Waste

Visit to Refgas UK HQ Deeside - 17th September 2009

Engineers were introduced at Refgas to the most efficient advanced gasification plan in the world. They were intrigued by the presentation given by Chairman George Willacy.

Waste is a mountainous problem, and here is a processing plant that has no chimney, no smoke or CO2 release and the carbon ash can be returned to the soil. These green power generation works can, being in modules, be easily installed where needed, i. e., hospitals, universities, business parks, housing developments, etc. Prepared biomass is fed into a sealed gasifier vessel and cooked under a controlled oxygen atmosphere.  The high 1000 ºC temperature gasifies the fuel to produce syngas. A further gas clean-up system ensures the syngas is suitable to feed directly to a gas engine to provide electricity and heat (CHP). The CHP produced is highly efficient - up to 80 % compared to 30 % - 40 % which is typical of standard power stations.

Refgas UK has completed a £ 2 million contract to design, supply and commission a 4 MW plant for the University of East Anglia and are in discussion with Coruscolors, Shotton, on the re-installation of a 2 MW plant. Refgas is also dealing with enquiries from Sweden and South America.

The lecture from the Refgas Chairman and his Managing Director proved extremely interesting and was followed by a two-way discussion ( http://www.refgas-uk.com/). During the visit, IMechE member Ian Binning presente a Certificate of Appreciation to Refgas Chairman, George Willacy. 



© 2011 Institution of Mechanical Engineers. IMechE is a registered charity in England and Wales number 206882