Bio-technology brings jobs hope
PLANNING permission is being sought by renewable energy firm Infinergy Technology to build a ‘carbon-neutral’ micro-power station at Ricall Business Park.
The firm will build a power station that will use bio-technology to create and export electricity to the National Grid – generating enough power for 20,000 homes.
The £16m investment will create 14 jobs during construction and a further 36 once completed.
The planned bio-technology has been described as ‘game changing’ in the renewable energy field – the patented system feeds renewable bio-fuel wood pellets into a furnace which burn in a clean way producing steam but no CO2 or toxins, unlike coal and gas. A heat exchange system uses the steam to power mini steam engines which then create electricity.
Infinergy’s bio-technology hit the headlines last year after being shortlisted for Best Green Technology at the International Green Awards. It is the second major development for Infinergy, which earlier this year won a £1m contract to create a carbon-neutral energy plant for Intermet Refractory Products Ltd in Sheffield.
Steve Mongan, director of Infinergy Technology and creator of the system, explains: “We are very excited by our plans for this renewable energy micro-power station and are confident we will get the go ahead.
“Biofuel and renewable energy is the way forward given that half the world’s fossil fuels have already gone and we are using fuel faster than we can extract it from the ground and seas.”
The development will take the form of two buildings situated within the industrial landscaped centre of the business park.
A decision is expected in six to eight weeks.
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