ENER-G Wins Technology Provider of the Year Award
ENER-G designs, implements and finances energy efficiency projects and renewable energy solutions to businesses in 17 countries around the world. Today, the company won the Technology Provider of the Year Award at the Insider North West International Trade Awards for its recent projects in the US.
“We provide a complete energy solutions package that is highly exportable as we have the means, and financial support to provide the low and zero carbon technologies and services to meet the specific needs of organisations worldwide,” said ENER-G Managing Director Derek Duffill in a statement. “We can provide guaranteed savings without any need for capital outlay by our customers. That’s a business model that appeals in any language.”
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As the first of many US carbon abatement investment projects in the US, the company recently began delivering energy solutions to Saint Peter's College in New Jersey under a $6.3 million contract. The project includes the installation of a 200kW solar photovoltaic system across the campus with a trigeneration plant that will supply low carbon heat, electricity and cooling for its buildings. With no upfront cost to the college, ENER-G's clean energy technology will supply efficient energy to the school in the future and reduce its carbon emissions by 2,886 metic tonnes per year.
ENER-G is also partnering with other local contractors and consultants with projects scheduled for completion by next summer, creating many jobs as the company continues to grow.
The company's combined heat, power and biogas generation systems are also gaining attraction around the globe. ENER-G has also started building landfill gas generation plants in South Africa and recently commissioned facilities in Lithuania and Romania.
Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector
Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre.
At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable.
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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.”
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement.
The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.
“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government.
“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”
However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future.
“We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”
The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours
This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly