Ian Brooking, Carbonarius: “It is great for us to win this award for all involved. Myself, David Pike and David Nairn have worked very hard against challenging financial markets to get this project built. We are a small company developing projects and it is great to win an award against the large waste entities.”
Carbonarius was set up in 2010 as a partnership between the Una Group and O-Gen UK Limited to develop waste timber gasification facilities. Its aim is to take waste wood such as construction materials and broken pallets and turn it into renewable energy. Its first plant, in partnership with MITIE Group PLC known as O-Gen Plymtrek is based at the Devon Enterprise Facility in Roborough. This site has the potential to convert 40,000 tonnes of timber into renewable heat and electricity each year. It could reduce CO2 levels and produce enough electricity to power 6,200 homes or make 850,000 cups of tea.
Ian Brooking, Carbonarius: “O-Gen Plymtrek is a state of the art facility which is highly efficient and sustainable, whilst supporting the local economy and community, and helping to meet national Government targets. The solution in Plymouth utilises the best available technology as recognised by the Environment Agency. It avoids the need to landfill and transport the wood waste over large distances. This is the first of a pipeline of projects nationwide.”
The Plymouth facility has been developed and will be operated by MITIE. This has generated around 50 local jobs in the construction phase and around 23 in the running of the plant but it has also helped to secure around 750 jobs in the local area through its supply of renewable heat and power to nearby businesses.