Thames Gateway Waste to Energy Facility, Dagenham
A waste-to-energy plant in Dagenham that uses the innovative RODECS process patented by Chinook Sciences. The plant will export 14MW to the grid, sufficient to power 32,000 homes.
The layout of facilities on the site has been determined by combining the constraints imposed by the National Grid overhead power lines that cross the site with the requirements of the Chinook process and the available points of access to the site. Segregation of waste vehicles and other users of the site has, for reasons of safety, also been an important design driver.
In addition to the RODECS Hall, the layout includes space to contain waste on arrival in a reception hall and the sorting of residual waste post process. There is also space for a substation, deliveries, car parking, offices and welfare facilities. Whilst some plant is located internally and all recoverable heat is recovered, it is in the nature of these processes that there is waste heat that cannot be used. The most energy-efficient way to allow the heat to dissipate is by locating the equipment outside, otherwise energy would be consumed by forced air ventilation.
The buildings are clad in metal sheet with a lighter-coloured band at high level to reduce the apparent height. Feature rooftop ventilators extract excess heat from the RODECS Hall.
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