Well, after many months (or years) of work, the preferred bidder for the incinerator project at Javelin Park is Urbaser/Balfour Beatty (UBB).
According to the article and other sources, the energy production capacity from the incinerator will be enough to power 25,000 homes, from 116,000 Megawatt hours of electricity.
What’s the equivalent power in terms of wind turbines? Well, 1 x 5MW turbine can produce 15 million KWh per year or 15,000 Megawatt hours. This means that if 116,000 Megawatt hours will be produced by the incinerator, this means it’s equivalent to 7.7 x 5MW wind turbines! That’s a virtually constant source of power and not just when the wind blows.
(1 KW = 1000 watts, 1 MW = 1 million watts)
The Ecotricity M4 Reading example is a 2MW capacity turbine, so this means the incinerator could be producing enough energy to equate to just over 19 of these turbines! If you’ve ever driven past this turbine, you’ll understand why this is fairly impressive.