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Technical visit

Visit to Greatmoor EfW plant

A guided tour of an energy from waste plant


The Greatmoor EfW burns non-recyclable waste to generate steam for powering a turbine to generate electricity supplied to the national grid.  The steam is then cooled before being fed back into the boiler.

There are generally two types of non-electrical outputs, solid waste which includes metals and ash from the incinerator.  At Greatmoor the metals are collected and recycled, while the ash still goes to landfill (but at a small fraction of the volume to that taken up by the waste).  The other outputs are flue gases, which undergo a rigourous physical and chemical cleansing process (under the strict auspices of an Environmental Agency permit) before being released.  The steam powers the turbine and is then cooled before being fed back into the boiler.

This visit is an opportunity for visiting an EfW plant and really seeing one in operation with your own eyes.

Waste Management
Power Conversion


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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10 Sep 2024 

6:30pm - 8:30pm

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  • Buckinghamshire Local Network

Registration information

Registration is essential

Please note that the visit is not recommended if you have:

  • Heart conditions
    Fear of heights
    Asthma/breathing conditions
    Pacemakers or other items affected by magnetic fields
    Fear of enclosed spaces/lifts
    Lack of mobility



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Jez Elkin

Waste Awareness & Education Manager - FCC Environment : Greatmoor EfW


Greatmoor EfW plant

Greatmoor Road, Off Creighton Road, Woodham AYLESBURY
HP18 0QE

The EfW facility was completed in June 2016. The facility treats up to 345,000 tonnes of residual (non-recyclable) waste, diverting it from landfill and generating 25MW of electricity in the process.


Suggested arrival at entrance off  A41 site by 18:15  [**See below]
Tour starts at 18:30
Finish at 20:30

** The site access road from the A41 is 3 miles of single track paved raod with passing places controlled by traffic lights.  There may be large waste vehicles using it. Please allow at least 10 minutes for this part of the journey.

The visit will comprise of an introduction in the Visitor Centre, including site health and safety and housekeeping and a presentation explaining how the facility operates. This is followed by the tour.
Tour groups will visit the Control Room, where the waste bunker and grab crane can be viewed, then the grate, turbine hall and condenser fans.
The introduction and tour take around 2 to 2.5 hours in total.

The Visitor Centre is on the 3rd floor and accessible by lift or stairs.
The tour starts in the Control Room which is on the 6th floor, again accessible by lift or stairs. The tour continues along walkways with handrails, often consisting of metal grating, and including some at height (the maximum height a tour group will access is 23m) with occasional short flights of steps, and an unavoidable descent down 44 stairs. The tour also usually includes using the large goods lift.



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