Spencer has outlined plans for a £150M state-of-the-art renewable energy centre in Hull.
The engineering group has submitted its proposals for the waste-to-energy facility to Hull City Council. The Energy Works project aims to provide enough power for a quarter of the city’s population.
The new centre − which would be built on the eastern bank of the River Hull − will convert up to 200,000t of organic material into energy each year, while reducing the quantity of landfill waste.
The ambitious project would also create 200 jobs in the construction phase, with a further 60 during its operation.
Spencer chief executive Charlie Spencer said: “This is by far the most exciting and innovative renewable energy development facility anywhere in the United Kingdom.
“There are others that incorporate some of the technologies and processes we are proposing here but none are as far-reaching and integrated as this.
“It will put Hull firmly on the environment map, demonstrating to the rest of the country and Europe how a community can take responsibility for its surplus bio-degradable materials by converting it into green energy.
“This facility will provide power to more than 25,000 homes and a quarter of the city’s population, leaving us not entirely self-sufficient in energy but certainly a good way along that road.
“In addition, the facility will produce 900,000 therms of gas energy that could either be delivered to users via the gas grid or used to power local commercial vehicles.”