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News round-up 10 December

Tamar AD sites; Wiltshire waste fire; REA backs Drax; battery storage boost; fish gas contract

Three Tamar Energy sites to add 6MW to UK AD capacity

Three Tamar Energy anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities from with a combined capacity of 6MW have completed construction and are entering the commissioning phase at locations across the UK.

Construction has progressed as planned and the three plants have received the ‘seeding’ feedstock which signals that the final steps are underway in the commissioning process. Tamar Energy says its network of AD plants remains on track to be fully operational and accepting food, farm and other organic feedstock in early 2014.

The three plants are:

  • Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire
  • Retford, Nottinghamshire

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Wiltshire waste paper storage facility fire

Crews have tackled a fire a waste paper storage facility in Wiltshire. The blaze at the Northacre Industrial Park in Stephenson Road, Westbury, broke out just before 9pm on Monday.

A Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the fire was still burning but was under control. About 40 firefighters tackled the fire. It is understood that nobody was injured.

REA backs Drax biomass power plant

Speaking as the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage project – a Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant in Yorkshire – Renewable Energy Association chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska said the Government’s plans to withdraw support for new biomass power-only plants was a “grave mistake”.

She said: “Biomass is exactly what the UK energy mix needs. Through converting old coal plants and building new biomass plants, we can have electricity when we need it and keep the lights on this decade using sustainable wood fuel instead of polluting coal power.”

Boost for energy storage innovation

A British enterprise has been awarded a contract worth £3m to to develop recycled battery energy storage.

The contract was awarded to EValu8 Transport Innovations Ltd, on behalf of the Everest Consortium, as part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s innovation competition to support energy storage technology.

Everest will use the funds to develop a new storage system, partly made out of recycled batteries from electric vehicles, that will store renewable energy generated at times of low demand for use at times of peak demand.

Carpet producer signs fish gas contract

Interface, a carpet tile manufacturer, is to use 100% sustainable gas at its manufacturing plant in Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands. The company has signed a contract for sustainable energy supplier Eneco to supply gas produced using certified ‘green’ waste from the food industry, provided by fish processor A. van de Groep.

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