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The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Student Site Visit – Coventry Energy from Waste Plant

On the 26th March 2014 a group of undergraduate and post graduate students visited the Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Company (CSWDC). CSWDC is an independent waste management company whose main business is extracting energy from municipal and commercial solid waste. The energy from waste (EfW) plant is based to the south of the City (Coventry) and has been operational since the 1970s. The 250,000 tonnes per annum facility produces electricity (used for powering site operation and export to the national grid) and exports excess heat energy (heated water) to business premises off-site.

During the tour of the site
Mick Schilling (CSWDC’s Environment, Health and Safety Advisor) provided an overview of the EfW plant operation prior to a tour of the site. The 3,500 tonne bunker that receives the waste in the waste vehicle tipping area would be able to sustain operation of the site for six days (from the bunker being full until empty). The EfW plant uses three incinerator units each of which is capable of incinerating 12 tonnes of waste per hour. Two steam turbines produce a total of 17.6 Mw of electricity. Flue gas cleaning ensures strict emissions limits are met. Emissions to atmosphere are through a 92 m high chimney.

Site visits provide students with the opportunity to discuss a variety of wastes management treatment processes directly with facility operators. This enhances knowledge and understanding for all those that attending, providing further areas for discussion in lectures.