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The objective of this project was to investigate the potential for exploiting the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a government economic incentive, as an additional revenue stream within the wastewater and sludge treatment industry.
The main finding of the project is that there is scope for the industry to benefit from RHI. The most likely application would be through the export of surplus biomethane into the national gas grid. Favourable indicators include a proximity to a suitable medium pressure gas connection and high net gas yields from advanced anaerobic digestion.
Exporting heat from sewage treatment facilities is unlikely to offer an opportunity, as the capacity threshold stipulated in the RHI is lower than the potential output of all but the smallest digesters found in the industry.
Export is also unlikely from the industry's current generation of incineration plants, which have been designed primarily as a means of sludge disposal rather than as energy generators. However, it is possible to envisage a new generation of incineration plants, configured to meet good quality combined heat and power criteria, which could act as a source of heat for some facilities.
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