EAU Expertise Helps Biomethane Plant Get Set to Serve 6,000 Homes

A biomethane plant near Pontefract in West Yorkshire is set to meet the energy needs of around 6,000 homes, thanks to a 3km directionally drilled pipeline installed under farmland by Energy Assets Utilities (EAU).

The facility will create methane from chicken litter, food waste and organic matter produced by local farms and will purify the gas to the required specification before feeding it into the national grid.  The gas will also power the site’s combined heat and power (CHP) unit, while the digester waste will be turned into nutrient-rich fertiliser.

The plant, designed by Bradford-based Aqua consultants, is due to come on stream in October and needed EAU’s utility network construction expertise to connect the biomethane site to the mains gas network. EAU worked closely with the local authority, distribution network owner, landowners and farmers to plan and install the 3km pipeline to the site, adhering to a carefully planned directional drilling schedule to minimise disruption.

As EAU’s project manager John Durkin explained, the team had to consider the potential impact of the work on local farmers and businesses. This meant drilling and laying pipe in 100m lengths, and plating over the connection pits to maintain traffic flows at key times of the day.

“We were mindful of the disruption that the pipe laying could cause and so we worked on a plan with the council and local farmers to ensure that we kept the bridleways open as much as possible. We also took account of the farm logistics – and with only one road in and out of the site, this was something we knew we had to get right.”

Despite these challenges, EAU delivered the project two weeks ahead of schedule.

Said John: “This was a great example of how good planning, close collaboration and careful project management can mitigate the impact of network construction on local people. This pipe connection will ensure this innovative facility will in time deliver sustainable low carbon energy to thousands of local homes.”

Ashley Widdop, Aqua’s Project Manager, said the digester worked by heating purpose grown crops, food waste and farmyard manures to 40oC and then processing the resulting methane using carbon and membrane filtration, before injecting propane to bring the gas up to the same specification as natural gas. There are four digester tanks on site, each capable of holding 6,800 cubic metres of feedstock.

“In some ways, the hardest part of this project was the planning phase – but network construction and plant design have gone well and the first gas-to-grid day is scheduled for October, with a gradual ramp-up to full plant production over the following three months.” said Ashley.

“It’s a very good example of sustainable energy, with the facility producing gas to feed into the grid and power the on-site CHP unit, while using digester waste to create high quality liquid and dry fertilizers for use on crops to feed the plant. It will also play a part in helping the UK meet its climate change and carbon reduction targets and, unlike wind or solar, it can operate all year round.”

For mor information about the project, go to www.energyassets.co.uk

Fleet-cleaning partnership helps DPD polish zero-emission credentials

Parcel delivery company DPD has appointed eco-friendly car wash company Dropless.co.uk in an innovative, new partnership.

Water-free vehicle cleaning service Dropless will be responsible for ensuring the fleet vehicles at DPD’s all-electric Westminster parcel depot remain spotless.

DPD Westminster was the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot and is part of a network of zero-emission DPD micro depots in London.  The parcel giant uses a fleet of electric trucks, vans and micro-vehicles for both incoming parcels, and last-mile deliveries, to provide a completely emission-free service.

Now DPD has gone the extra mile in committing to its environmental goals, by appointing Dropless as its new fleet washing partner at Westminster.

Dropless uses electric mopeds and electric bikes to get to its clients’ vehicles, and offers a water-free vehicle cleaning service, saving up to 300 litres of water for every vehicle washed.  Its innovative water-free cleaning solution also prevents any run-off waste water, helping to preserve the local environment.

Christian Duncan, Dropless co-founder and CEO, said: “Dropless are very proud to partner with DPD and help their Westminster depot enhance its eco-friendly credentials even further.

“Almost every aspect of Dropless is guided by our commitment to the environment, so it’s great to be able to partner with an organisation like DPD that shares our values.

“Hopefully this partnership will lead to more organisations setting an objective of zero-emission supply chains when it comes to managing their fleets.”

Mark Wilkes, Director of Technical Services at DPD, said: “DPD has led the way in terms of investment in electronic vehicles and our Westminster depot is a ground-breaking initiative.  Our wider aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company and that includes looking at our supply chain for innovative and eco-friendly solutions.

“Our electric vehicles are really eye-catching and have been making heads turn in the capital, so it is important that they always look great. But they also need to be out on the road all day. Dropless offers us a smart, fast and accountable solution that keeps our vehicles working hard and looking fantastic.”

British Smart Battery System Manufacturer Puredrive Energy Gains Investment

Puredrive Energy Ltd, one of the UK’s leading battery storage companies, gains investment from The Maximeyes Group, one of the largest energy consultancy groups in the UK.

Puredrive Energy’s partnership with The Maximeyes Group, will help fund and support growth of battery storage solutions in the domestic, commercial and off-grid sectors. Puredrive Energy, based in Gloucestershire, is one of the few battery suppliers who design and manufacture in the UK and provide service and support from their UK offices.

Mark Millar, CEO and Co-founder of Puredrive Energy stated “The Maximeyes Group are the right partners for us, since they bring the financial investment to further our growth, along with a significant commercial client base which can benefit significantly from battery storage.”

The founders of Puredrive Energy have been at the forefront of battery technology for over ten years, with extensive experience in the latest battery solutions, including lithium ion. Puredrive Energy is at the forefront of battery centric energy storage systems.

Puredrive Energy currently sell their battery storage systems in the UK, through Edmundson Electrical, the largest electrical wholesaler in the UK. Puredrive Energy just completed a successful 12-month pilot with Severn Vale Housing Association (now Bromford) attaining their energy saving targets, saving the tenant approximately £400 and demonstrating how their battery system, more than doubled CO2 and energy savings. Puredrive Energy offer a wide range of battery system options from 5kWh to 30kWh, single and three phase for domestic and commercial applications.

Shamir Jiwa, CEO and founder of Maximeyes UK Ltd, comments that “Puredrive Energy provides good synergy with our group of companies, including Optimeyes Energy, with a vision and mission of bringing 1,000s of homes out of fuel poverty, and bringing to both the domestic and commercial market a new, more sustainable energy supply that is more renewable and green. We are committed to promoting integrated, fully funded solutions in partnership with our clients and suppliers where we share the risk to reduce the barriers to installing next generation energy solutions.”


For more information please visit www.puredrive-energy.co.uk Tel: 01684 851205 Sales: sales@puredrive-energy.co.uk Technical: paul@puredrive-energy.co.uk



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