Key Facts

What is Energy From Waste?

Energy from waste is about taking waste and turning it into a useable form of energy. Our facility is part of a new generation of energy from waste plants, designed to meet strict emission standards, and provide valuable low carbon energy.

All material that arrives at Levenseat will first be sorted and all recyclable material such as, plastics, paper and metals will be removed. The remaining waste known as residual waste will then be prepared for processing through the Energy from Waste Plant. Our Energy from Waste facility allows energy to be produce from waste that would have otherwise been landfilled.


Why Energy From Waste?

Did you know that on average every household in Scotland produces over one tonne of waste. New and tighter regulations and legislation from Government and Europe have meant that Scotland can no longer continue to send the majority of its household rubbish to landfill. In an effort to manage and dispose of rubbish in a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner, Levenseat began to investigate alternatives to Landfill. Along with waste reduction and recycling, energy recovery is an essential part of the solution.


About our New Facility

Our new waste treatment facility consists of an advanced Material Recovery Facility and a Combined Heat and Power Plant and delivers an optimum solution to recover value from waste and maximise diversion from landfill.

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

The MRF will use state of the art automated technology to recover high levels of  recyclates such as wood, cardboard, metals, plastics and paper.  The MRF is also designed to remove potentially polluting material such as batteries, PVC and metals. The remaining waste, will then be prepared into a fuel known as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).  This fuel is made to a specific, detailed standard to ensure a clean and efficient conversion process and to minimise production of ash and other by-products.

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MRF step by step diagram

Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP)

The CHP will be supplied with the prepared RDF, which is conveyed directly from the MRF, helping to cut down on traffic movement.  A clean two stage combustion of the fuel takes place ensuring a highly efficient conversion of the energy contained within the fuel. The thermal treatment process releases the energy from the waste and syngas is produced. The syngas is combusted to generate high pressure steam through a boiler system. The steam drives a turbine to generate electricity which is exported to the grid and then distributed to households and other consumers. The exhaust gases are cleaned up through a series of absorption, scrubbing and filtrating processes to fully meet the EU emissions standards.

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EFW step by step diagram