The UK's Most Advanced Clinical Waste-To-Energy Plant For the NHS

The UK’s latest and most advanced clinical waste-to-energy systems has been completed. Consisting of the Addfield C350, the installation represents a next-generation system installed for the largest healthcare employer in the world the NHS (National Health Service).

Designed, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain, and developed specifically with the customers requirements in mind. Providing an impressive solution to securely dispose of all medical waste generated at NHS New Cross, and also the surrounding hospitals and clinics.

The project initially began with the consultation for this project in 2015 with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. The project was developed to replace the ageing incinerator that had previously been used to dispose of clinical waste.

The new installation has been completed delivering greatly improved efficiency and environmental benefits for the site.  Incorporating the latest technology to the highest of standards.

The C350 High Capacity Incinerator was selected to manage all of the clinical and medical waste generated by the hospital. The processing line is capable of handling up to 350kg of waste an hour for 24 hours a day. The additional ‘Waste to Energy’ system, utilises waste heat from the process, which delivers low-pressure steam to the hospital boiler house. This steam is used to heat the local hospital. When online the plant offsets the fossil-fuelled boiler previously used to heat the hospital – creating clean, free and green recovered energy.

The Primary chamber operates using a stepped hearth principal, which allows continuous loading and continuous de-ashing. Waste enters the primary combustion chamber at the highest point and transverses through the staging via hydraulically powered pushers whilst being thermally treated. Once completed, the waste will finally reach the de-ashing zone and pushed into a fully automatic de-ashing system that will extract the thoroughly sterilised ash for safe disposal.

This is the first of many planned 2nd generation installations for the NHS and other similar industries worldwide are taking a keen interest.

This sustainable solution has a design life of 20-25 years. The NHS site is located 15 miles from our production centre in Staffordshire.

System Overview

  • Turn key supply
  • Design – engineering – manufacturing – installation – commissioning – training – proving – handover
  • Compliant to the Waste Incineration Directive EC 2000/76 and Industrial Emission Directors IED 2010/75/EU
  • Automatic loading bin tipper system
  • Automatic de-ashing
  • Energy Recovery System
  • De-Nox kit installed
  • Sorbent reagents used for further neutralisation
  • Dry ceramic filter system
  • Full MCERT’s accredited 24/7 online continuous emission monitoring