Shropshire Star

Council to consider £2m pyrolysis plant for one of three county towns

A £2m 'carbon saving' energy plant could be built in one of three county towns – if a council's plans are approved.

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The plan will be considered by Shropshire Council next week

Shropshire Council has revealed proposals to create a demonstration 'pyrolysis' plant at either Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, or Ludlow.

The plant would turn green waste and other residual biomass into biochar and renewable energy, as well carbon credits. If successful the plant could then be 'scaled up'.

Three locations are being considered for the plant – Bridgnorth's former highways depot, the former biodigester plant at Coder Road in Ludlow, or land next to the Battlefield Energy Recovery Facility in Shrewsbury.

The plan is set to be considered at the full meeting of Shropshire Council on Thursday, September 21, with the authority saying it would "improve the council’s carbon reduction performance".

Pyrolysis involves materials such as plant matter, being heated in the absence of oxygen. The process drives off gasses and oil leaving mostly carbon in the form of 'char'.