NWDA funding helps BSA Recycling create new product

Michael Hunt

BSA Recycling has gained a £100,000 Grant for Research and Development from the North West Development Agency to design and manufacture a new product enabling waste transfer stations to become self sufficient in electrical energy.

The project will allow BSA to research and design a new product which will enable all waste transfer stations to become self sufficient in electrical energy and heat by the pyrolysis, the chemical decomposition of a condensed substance by heating, and gasification, a process that converts carbonaceous materials, into carbon monoxide and hydrogen, of skip waste.

This process will enable the company to introduce the method to small scale operations, as most existing systems achieve viability by feeding electrical energy into the electrical grid – a system that is far too expensive for the vast majority of skip hirers and waste transfer stations.

Mark Hughes, executive director of economic development at the NWDA, said: "BSA Recycling have a proven track record of producing innovative products that are commercially successful within their sector.

"With a Grant for Research and Development from the NWDA, they will be able to develop a new process that will provide a small scale, sustainable and environmentally viable method of dealing with waste products. Not only will the project ensure less waste is going to landfill, it will provide an alternative energy source for small scale operations."

The Grants for Research and Development scheme aims to help entrepreneurs and business owners introduce innovative products and processes including research trials and product testing. Grant for Research and Development is designed specifically to support innovative projects that have a solid commercial potential.

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