Covanta Europe rebrands Encyclis to spur energy-from-waste sector

Covanta Europe has been rebranded Encyclis as it steps up efforts to turn waste into sustainable energy and meet the energy-from-waste industry’s target of reaching Net Zero by 2040.

The unveiling of Encyclis follows the company’s formal separation from US-headquartered Covanta Corporation last July. It is owned by EQT Infrastructure.

Encyclis provides a progressive solution for the treatment of residual waste that is otherwise sent to landfill, transforming waste into sustainable energy and recovering resources for re-use, supporting the transition to a circular economy. The company aims to achieve fully sustainable operations by 2030.

Integral to this mission will be a drive to continue to reduce emissions, develop district heating networks, recycle ash and residues into new aggregate material for the construction industry, and proactively work with partners and government towards the deployment of carbon capture technology.

Progress towards these goals is already underway with a district heating solution being prepared for Encyclis’ Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) and support for the Hynet carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) cluster through the Protos development in Ellesmere Port.

Over the past five years, Encyclis has launched three energy recovery facilities in the UK that collectively divert around 1.4 m tonnes of residual waste from landfill and generate enough power to meet the needs of nearly 300,000 homes. Two further facilities are currently under construction in Merseyside and Scotland, with an additional two pipeline projects in Walsall and Corby in the final stages of development.

Encyclis will continue to be led by CEO Owen Michaelson, who joined the company in January 2021, having previously served as CEO of Harworth Group and Executive Director of the Peel Group.

He said: “Our focus now is firmly on the future. We’ll be bringing more facilities on stream, using the latest technologies, AI and the best people to maximise our efficiency and optimise the provision of energy and other resources. The future is about more than energy-from-waste. It’s about continually improving the performance and sustainability of energy-from-waste.”

Raven SR, a renewable fuels company, and H3 Dynamics, a developer of hydrogen aviation technologies, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate globally on waste-to-hydrogen energy systems to support the decarbonisation of airport operations and adoption of hydrogen at airports.

H3 Dynamics will provide hydrogen power systems to replace conventional fuel and other energy sources at airports, especially in Asia, Europe and the US, while Raven SR’s renewable hydrogen production facilities will supply airports. The use of hydrogen to power various ground operations will help reduce emissions at airports.

The Raven SR technology is a non-combustion thermal, chemical reductive process that converts organic waste and landfill gas to hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels. Unlike other hydrogen production technologies such as electrolysis, Raven SR’s Steam/CO2 reformation does not require fresh water as a feedstock.

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