Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



DONG Energy Invests In New UK Bio Plant

DONG Energy has announced that it will invest in and build the world’s first bio plant for handling unsorted household waste without prior treatment.

The new bio plant set to be built in Northwich near Manchester will be ready in early 2017, and will be able to treat unsorted household waste without prior treatment by using a special enzyme treatment. The groundbreaking technology — REnescience — has been developed by DONG Energy and tested at a demonstration plant in Copenhagen since 2009, and will allow for a greater part of the UK’s waste to be recycled and converted into biogas. The technology allows unsorted household waste to be converted into “a considerable amount of biogas” as well as other things like recyclable plastics and metals.


“The decision to build the first plant is a very important step in our roll-out of the REnescience biotechnology,” said Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President, DONG Energy. “This is an entirely new way of treating household waste where we very effectively can ensure that we get as many resources as possible from our waste.”

The REnescience plant will have an annual capacity of 120,000 tonnes of waste, which corresponds approximately to the waste from nearly 110,000 UK households.


“This is an exciting new technology for the disposal of municipal residual waste which is potentially set to revolutionise our thinking as an industry of what can be achieved,” said Richard Belfield, Group Development Director of UK waste management company FCC Environment, which will supply the waste to the REnescience plant.

“Not only does this technology convert waste into energy without the need for the combustion of the waste, it will for the first time, be able to extract the valuable recyclable materials which so far have been difficult if not out of reach in traditional municipal residual waste treatment processes.”

“We look forward to having this first plant in operation,” added Dalsgaard. “With the increasing requirements for waste recycling and the global need for making better use of our resources, we need technologies such as REnescience that can handle our waste in a much smarter manner.”

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New Podcast: Cruise Talks Autonomous Driving Tech, Regulations, & Auto Design

New Podcast: Battery Mineral Mining Policies & Regional Trends

Written By

I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, and I believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I also write for Fantasy Book Review (, and can be found writing articles for a variety of other sites. Check me out at for more.


#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.


Support our work today!


Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports


EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats


Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like


OVO Energy, an electricity and gas supplier in the UK, has added 40 Kia e-Niros to its fleet — for its “Field Force” team....


The Audi e-tron is still a small fry in the United States (as is Audi in general), but it is a top seller in...


Following a trend, or at least what Vauxhall has also done, Hyundai lowered the price of its KONA EV in order to keep it...

Clean Transport

If all goes according to plan, a new hybrid hydrogen fuel cell locomotive will sport Toyota fuel cells and green H2, too.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.