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Bilsthorpe Energy Centre, Bilsthorpe Business Park, Nottinghamshire

Introduction to the project

We are proposing to develop an Energy Centre on land at Bilsthorpe Business Park, which is located to the north east of Bilsthorpe village in Nottinghamshire. The facility will use two processes to recover recyclable materials from residual waste and export up to 9.6MW of electricity to the National Grid – enough to power the average needs of 23,000 homes (1)

Bilsthorpe Business Park is part of plans to regenerate the former Bilsthorpe Colliery site, which closed in 1995. The 24 hectare site, of which Peel Environmental propose to develop 4.35 hectares, benefits from good road links and established landscaping.

The £70 million project will handle up to 117,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste each year, generated by business and households from across Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas. It will recover up to 22,000 tonnes of recyclable materials that could be made into new products elsewhere and produce a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) from the remaining 95,000 tonnes of waste.

If built, the Bilsthorpe Energy Centre will:

• Create up to 46 permanent jobs and approximately 330 jobs during construction;

• Use waste as a resource to generate up to 9.6MW of electricity to be exported to the National Grid - enough power to meet the average needs of around 23,000 homes1;

• Represent an inward investment of approximately £70 million into the local economy;

• Bring an estimated £3.9 million worth of gross value added (GVA) impact into the local economy;

• Divert up to 117,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill;

• Recover up to 22,000 tonnes of valuable recyclables per year which will be sent off site and made into new products;

• Contribute to and diversify the UK’s energy generation capacity.

A recent report commissioned by Peel Environmental has shown that the Energy Centre could bring an economic boost of around £3.9 million per year into the local economy. Around 46 long-term jobs would be created for the operation of the Energy Centre with up to 330 full-time equivalent positions during the construction period. Regeneris found that there is a clear fit between the new roles and the skills held by local residents and those currently looking for work.

Following comprehensive consultation with the local community, we have now submitted a planning application for the Energy Centre to Nottinghamshire County Council. The application includes an Environmental Statement which considers the potential impact of the development on the environment, taking into account topics such as transport, visual impact and air quality.

How the centre will operate

The proposed Bilsthorpe Energy Centre will include two key parts:

  • A Materials Recovery Facility (MRF); The MRF will remove valuable recyclable materials from residual waste using separators and magnets and produce SRF for the facility
  • A Gasification Facility; The Feedstock will be heated by plasma torches to produce a syngas that is used to generate up to 9.6MW of electricity to be exported to the National Grid

Waste arriving at the site will pass through the MRF so that any valuable recyclable materials are removed and the remainder will then be prepared as a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for the Gasification Facility. Waste that has already been processed as a SRF before arriving at the site will be delivered to in the reception hall where it will be stored in silos prior to being mixed with the fuel that has passed through the MRF and other materials such as limestone and metallurgical coke. This ‘feedstock’ will then be fed into the Gasification Facility via a series of conveyors.

The feedstock is heated in the Gasification Facility by plasma torches to temperatures of over 1,200oC, with controlled amounts of oxygen present. This process is carried out in a strictly controlled environment and does not burn the waste. This process creates an energy-rich synthesis gas (syngas), which is cleaned and compressed, and then used to generate electricity through a series of high efficiency Internal Combustion Engines. The electricity produced by the Energy Centre would be fed into the National Grid.

In the future the Energy Centre could also use Alkaline Fuel Cells which would generate electricity from some of the hydrogen contained in the syngas. This would significantly increase the levels of electricity generated from the same amount of waste.

To view a PDF schematic of the process used within the Energy Centre, please click here >>

Community Consultation

We have sought to keep the local community updated with information as we progressed with the project. Prior to submitting the planning application, Peel Environmental engaged with local residents, politicians and interested stakeholders to allow them to gain a clear understanding of our proposals. This included holding public exhibitions and producing community newsletters to keep residents informed.

To view a PDF copy of the December 2013 newsletter please click here >>

To view a PDF copy of the July 2013 newsletter please click here >>

To view a PDF copy of the boards on display at the public exhibitions please click here >>

We will continue to update this website with further information as we progress with the application.

Submission of planning application

A planning application was submitted in to Nottinghamshire County Council in November 2013. Following a resolution to grant permission in November 2014the decision was called in by the Secretary of State for determination by public enquiry. Planning permission was issued 14 June 2016.

For the September 2015 planning addendum documents, please click on the following links >>

For the August 2014 planning addendum documents, please click on the following links >>

For the July 2014 planning addendum documents, please click on the following links >>

To view the original planning application documents, please click on the links below >>

Environmental Statement

Planning Application Documents

Contact Us

We actively encourage enquiries and have established the below contact methods to provide a direct line of communication to members of the project team.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to be kept updated on the proposal, you can contact the team using the following methods:

Call us: 0800 1701 418 (during office hours Mon-Fri) (2)

Email us: bilsthorpe@peel.co.uk

Write to us: FREEPOST RSKS-SBBE-LHHZ, Bilsthorpe Energy Centre, c/o PPS Group Hanover House, 30-32 Charlotte Street, Manchester, M1 4FD

(1) Ofgem Typical Domestic energy consumption figures 18.1.2011

(2) These contact details will put you in touch with PPS Group, who are managing the consultation process on behalf of Peel Environmental


Contact Us

FREEPHONE 0800 1701 418

(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm):


Renewable Energy Centre


PPS Group

30-32 Charlotte Street


M1 4FD