GIB backs Lincolnshire poultry farms; LC Energy acquisition; Unilever partners with Northumbria University; Chinook Sciences’ technology award
GIB invests in biomass at Lincolnshire poultry farms
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and its fund manager Sustainable Development Capital LLP have announced a new investment to finance biomass heating at Moy Park, a UK food business.
GIB has committed to invest in 60 biomass energy centres at Moy Park farms which will generate over 90% of the farms’ heating needs. These will provide sustainable heating into poultry sheds replacing the existing fossil-fuel burning LPG heaters.
LC Energy acquires biomass services provider
LC Energy has acquired Ecolyf, a company which specialises in the supply, installation and maintenance of wood fuel boilers.
The acquisition allows LC Energy to provide a one-stop biomass service covering the supply and installation process through to fuelling and maintenance for boilers.
It will also give the company, which is the sole supplier to Heathrow Airport’s biomass energy centre and Center Parcs Woburn, an opportunity to grow its market across both industrial and domestic sectors.
Unilever partners with Northumbria University
Unilever has partnered with Northumbria University, Newcastle, for a design project.
The move follows a decade of collaboration between Unilever and Northumbria School of Design and corresponds with the launch of the University’s design-led open innovation centre INNOVATE, based in Gateshead’s Northern Design Centre.
Under the partnership, academics and students from Northumbria School of Design are working at INNOVATE to help Unilever establish new and exciting ways of meeting their sustainability targets around packaging, water-use and energy.
Chinook Sciences receives technology award
Chinook Sciences has won the Technology Award at the latest Energy Institute Awards
The company’s RODECS Advanced Thermal Treatment (ATT) technology was deemed the most outstanding new technology of the year.
RODECS is able to process a range of residual waste from domestic, commercial and industrial waste streams. It converts waste hydrocarbons into syngas which can be used as a clean fuel.
The company claims it also significantly reduces process heat loss resulting in the highest thermal conversion efficiency among thermal treatment technologies.
Rifat Chalabi, chairman and chief executive at Chinook Sciences, said: “With our 40 megawatt facility at Oldbury now coming on stream, and a significant number of other projects in the UK and internationally securing funding, we are preparing for strong growth which will generate further jobs in Nottingham and for our UK manufacturing partners.”
Picture above, from left to right: Neil Longfellow, Sector Director, Oil and Gas, Costain (sponsor of the award); Steve Martin, Business Development Manager, Chinook Energy; Martin Nye, Director, Chinook Energy and Huw Edwards, News Correspondent and broadcaster.