The world’s largest renewable energy plant using advanced gasification energy-from-waste (EfW) technology is to be built in the UK by Air Products.

The plant will be the first of its kind in the UK and the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, with an approximate capacity of 50MW.

It is expected to produce enough reliable, controllable, and renewable electricity to power up to 50,000 homes and will be situated in a location with good access and connectivity to the local and national electrical distribution infrastructure and close proximity to landfill disposal facilities.

That area will be the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside.

John McGlade, chairman, president and CEO of Air Products, commented, “Our investment in advanced gasification EfW technology is a natural extension of our onsite business model. Offering an innovative growth opportunity, it allows us to further extend our leading position in the global energy market and continue to deliver on Air Products’ commitment to sustainability.”

The Tees Valley plant will divert up to 350,000 metric tons of non-recyclable waste from the nearby landfill plant per year - helping to meet the UK’s waste diversion targets.

Air Products has secured the necessary environmental and planning approvals and the renewable energy facility is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2014. Work has already started to prepare the site.