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UK’s first waste-to-DME plant gets green light

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Circular Fuels has submitted formal planning permission plans for their first £150m waste-to-DME production plant at Teesworks, the UK’s largest and most connected industrial zone.
renewable & recycled carbon DME is a sustainable, cost-effective and clean burning fuel that can help decarbonise liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry and off-grid energy sectors.
Once operational, the plant which will span across 14 acres and will have the capacity to produce over 50,000 tonnes of DME per year, helping the UK's move to net-zero by decarbonising over 5% of the UK’s LPG sector.
The site will take non-recyclable residual household, commercial and industrial waste and convert it into DME using KEW Technology’s proven and proprietary advanced gasification process, a form of advanced conversion technology.
Over 2 million homes use LPG or high carbon fuels, oil or coal, for heating, as well as hundreds of thousands of businesses. LPG suppliers can blend DME with LPG, to instantly reduce the carbon footprint of its fuel, or switching off-grid energy customers to 100% Renewable & Recycled Carbon DME, as rural areas transition to net-zero.
This plant is set to be operational in 2025.
Kamal Kalsi, managing director of Circular Fuels, said: “We are at an exciting stage of bringing the first waste-to-DME plant in the UK to reality at Teesworks.
"There is an urgent need to providing affordable energy to those off-grid homes and businesses who need it most and have little to no other alternative and to enhancing our national energy security as we seek to deliver net-zero by 2050.”
The cluster plan includes over 40 industries across the region, including: CCS, hydrogen, renewable power, energy from waste, biofuels, circular economy industries and infrastructure.






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