Tyseley Energy from Waste Plant
Tyseley Energy Recovery Facility is run by Veolia and was built to comply with strict European emissions standards that came into force in 1996. The facility was specifically designed to treat waste that cannot be re-used, recycled or composted and was built with a capacity much lower than the total waste generated in the city.
The ERF has become a landmark building in Birmingham with its bold architecture and an award-winning lighting scheme that illuminates the plant to its full advantage during the hours of darkness.
The ERF operates 24 hours a day for 365 days a year (except for planned shutdowns for maintenance) and operates well within the UK and EU standards for emissions to atmosphere. It is a two-stream plant with each boiler designed to process 23.5 tonnes of rubbish per hour. It has a turbo-generator which exports 25MW to the National Grid, after providing for on-site needs. The facility achieves a net saving of approximately 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year compared to a high efficiency coal‐fired power station. This is due to the Tyseley Plant offsetting carbon dioxide from electricity generation elsewhere.
Veolia benefits from Levy Exemption Certificates for the element of energy which is produced from renewable sources. This provides a significant financial benefit which is passed on to the City Council. The ERF also recovers several thousand tonnes a year of ferrous metals for recycling from the process.