Banbury STW food waste treatment


Client: EcoGenR8 Ltd
Location: London, UK
Service division: Engineering
Sector: Waste, Water, Power, Energy


EcoGenR8, together with planning advisors, GP Planning Limited, are working with Thames Water on proposals to build a renewable energy plant at Banbury sewage treatment works.

We propose to build an environmentally friendly treatment plant at the site. The plant would treat food waste, reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill, and generate renewable energy.

A planning application was submitted on 2nd September 2013 and is available to be viewed on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.  Alternatively, copies of the application and supporting document are available below:

The planning application is due to be considered by the Planning & Regulation Committee on 2nd December 2013.

AFECO, as a trading name of EcoGenR8 Limited, have provided technical support in developing the application.

Food waste anaerobic digestion projects


Client: EcoGenR8 Ltd
Location: London, UK
Service division: Engineering
Sector: Waste; Water; Energy; Power


EcoGenR8 develops and manages waste treatment and renewable energy supplies in the UK with a primary focus on producing biogas through the anaerobic digestion of organic wastes. In 2011, EcoGenR8 were awarded a contract to develop a portfolio of energy from waste (food waste anaerobic digestion) projects with Thames Water, the UK’s largest water and sewerage company. Thames Water serve a population of 14 million across London and the Thames Valley including  an established network of over 30 anaerobic digestion sites.

Anaerobic digestion has been used to treat sewage sludge for many decades. As well as reducing pathogens in sludge, the process produces valuable biogas which is converted to electricity and heat through CHP (combined heat and power) engines, or upgraded to natural gas quality (biomethane) and injected directly into the gas grid.

EcoGenR8 partnered with Howard Tenens, a sustainable logistics company, to develop the Thames Water opportunity, the focus of which is to sweat existing assets and maximise synergies with current operations in order to develop a portfolio of sites that will have the capability to treat food waste and generate a combination of renewable electricity and biomethane. The project  incorporates detailed technical and commercial development, including:

  • Definition of the market potential
  • Development of technical and financial models
  • Identification of technology, waste, construction and operational partners
  • Planning and permitting applications
  • Securing contracts required for financing

AFECO are providing ongoing support to EcoGenR8 in developing the technical aspects of this project and in particular site investigations, technology evaluations and assessment of integration with existing assets.

Gasification technology market entry strategy


Client: Isle Utilities
Location:  London, UK and Florida, USA
Service division: Engineering
Sector: Water; Energy


Isle Utilities (Isle) is a niche consultancy with a core focus around technology and innovation who work with many water companies, novel technology providers and investors to bring new technologies to market. Isle were commissioned by a gasification company based in the US to investigate the market potential for their proprietary biosolids gasification technology in the UK and AF ECO were subsequently commissioned to assist with the delivery of the project.

The work carried out by AFECO included:

  • Production of a detailed evaluation of the gasification technology and proposed next generation design, including a site visit to operational facilities in Florida, USA
  • Assessment of the addressable market in the UK
  • Outline of a potential pipeline of projects in the UK
  • Competitor analysis

AFECO assessed the gasification design and made technical recommendations that specifically addressed the needs of the UK market. Contact was made with all water companies in the UK to determine current and future sludge treatment methods, costs and plans and to determine potential appetite for investigating alternative solutions. A potential pipeline of projects was identified from these discussions. The concluding report provided a comprehensive assessment of the UK market and competitive landscape, giving data and key contacts to form the cornerstone of the UK business plan.