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  1. Engie rolling out Olympic model throughout UK

    The chief executive of Engie UK says the company’s decentralized energy strategy as used in the London Olympic Park is also applicable for the rest of East London and the UK . Wilfrid Petrie says Engie has used the £100m model created for the Olympic Park to inspire further efforts to develop decentralized energy further across the country. With reference to the Olympic campus he told the Daily Telegraph Olympic organisers requested cheap energy, with flexible capacity and a very sustainable scheme. The site includes two energy centres and a network of 11 miles of pipe work which control a small fleet of biomass boilers, combined heat and power plants and water storage units.  Biomass provides the steady baseload power needed throughout the day by burning waste wood sourced from UK landscapers at 650 degrees. To meet energy demand over peak demand periods the energy can also be stored in hot water tanks which are topped up using combined and heat and power boilers which run on gas. As a result the Olympic Park is able to generate 75 per cent of its own energy with carbon emissions 20 per cent lower than the rest of the UK while using smart technology to keep costs low. The reason Engie’s “decentralised” energy model works where traditional systems flounder is in the flexibility to build bespoke solutions which directly meet local needs. “There’s no one size fits all solution. On a national level we need a mix of large centralised energy projects. But decentralised solutions are always worked out with the local councils and local governments." Contrary to the traditional energy supply model, Engie starts with the customer and builds so-called ‘decentralised’ energy systems to fit. “Ten years ago we were a provider of energy and a producer of energy, but today we are a partner of cities and a provider of integrated solutions with more and more decentralised energy,” Mr Petrie says. After steadily acquiring small specialist companies Engie has emerged as the UK’s largest district energy player and one of the biggest energy and facilities management companies. Instead of relying on the national grid, communities of energy users are designing self-sufficient energy systems which offer bespoke approach to managing demand. “The value is now more in the use than in the production; it’s about looking downstream at the initiatives we can develop for cities, for leisure centres, data centres, commercial spaces – and it’s about being able to provide for each of these different centres solutions that fit.” Engie’s new brand of energy supply is expected to tap the growth which is expected in the East London area. Beyond the Games the Greater London Authority believes the park will grow to include nearly 3.7 million square metres of new development, with more than 29,000 housing units and 1.36 million square metres of commercial space, all of which will be supplied by Engie. Beyond London Engie already operates decentralised energy supply schemes across seven UK cities and councils from Southampton to Leeds.  “In the last three years Engie has increased its sales to cities from £40m to £200m, so we’ve added new cities to the number we’ve been recently made the preferred bidder for a new deal with Wakefield,” Mr Petrie explained.  “The first thing is to connect the network across East London. The second is to become more and more involved with the end-user through intelligent systems which can monitor their usage and help customers to optimise their energy use,” Mr Petrie said “Maybe in 10 to 20 years we could be selling something else aside from just energy.”

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    Tue, 23 Aug 2016

  2. E.ONs UK housing project uses CHP and biomass boilers

    Utility giant E.ON and house builder Barratt Homes are working in partnership to develop two major housing schemes with community energy in the UKs capital city of London.

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    Tue, 10 May 2011

  3. Ambitious on-site power plan for UK’s biggest turkey farmer

    Bernard Matthews turkey farms has launched a programme to become 100 per cent green energy self-sufficient by 2016.

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    Fri, 1 May 2015

  4. GIB announces targeted energy efficiency funding

    Edinburgh-based UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced £1m funding that could increase uptake of combined heat and power technology.

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    Thu, 26 Jun 2014

  1. Belarus to get World Bank funds for biomass district heating

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    Tue, 15 Apr 2014

  2. Cofely completes gas/biomass district CHP scheme

    Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company, has completed the first phase of the 5 MW Leicester District Energy Scheme in central England in the UK.

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    Thu, 13 Dec 2012

  3. Boost for Sainsbury’s on-site heat and power plans

    UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has revealed plans to partner with British Gas and heat pump technology firm Geoscart to roll out ground source heating across 100 stores.

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    Thu, 31 Jul 2014

  4. Biomass conversions could be affected by proposed EPA rule

    Another rule from the EPA is surrounding some biomass conversion plans with more questions than answers. Could the uncertainty reach other power generation developments besides biomass?

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    Tue, 19 Jan 2010

  5. CFB Refractory Improvements for Biomass Co-Firing

    The increasing demand for circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boilers to co-fire biomass and waste fuel products creates increased stress on refractory systems resulting in more frequent replacement cycles and increased maintenance costs.  The problems with refractory systems in this application are ...

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    Thu, 1 Jul 2010

  6. Cofely optimizes district energy across UK city

    Cofely District Energy has signed a 25-year contract with Leicester City Council (LCC) to link and extend four existing district heating schemes across the city of Leicester in the UK.

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    Thu, 14 Apr 2011

  7. Green Strategies for Aging Coal Plants: Alternatives, Risks & Benefits

    This article identifies some of the challenges and discusses a variety of technical solutions available to power plant owners to keep these plants operating while reducing their carbon footprint.

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    Wed, 1 Apr 2009

  8. Green Strategies for Aging Coal Plants: Alternatives, Risks & Benefits

    There are quite a few power stations less than 400 MW in size with successful and long histories of operation.

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    Tue, 1 Jul 2008