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ENTRADE Invests in Biomass Research Centre in Liverpool

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ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG expands its UK operations out of Knowlsey Industrial Park in Liverpool area. The cleantech company provides power and heat for a 3600 square meter large warehouse facility. The facility will serve as the new operative node for the UK network of partners and clients. ENTRADE’s Operations & Maintenance staff is based at the new location and will serve the growing number of clients that have signed up for a Monitoring & Service Package that allows ENTRADE to stay on top and remotely control and therefore guarantee a higher uptime than normally.

Innovative and close-loop concept development is at the core of the scale up strategy in the UK. The company has partnered with pioneering waste recycling company Tidy Planet for food waste recycling from international airports. The customized fuel developed at the ENTRADE Biomass Research Centre solves a gigantic and global waste issue while providing a cheaper feedstock for biomass power and heat.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “I’m delighted to welcome ENTRADE to Knowsley and I am pleased that the council was able to help the business find suitable premises. It is wonderful news that another international business has chosen to base itself here in Knowsley, reinforcing that Knowsley is a great place to do business. The creation of new jobs is an additional boost for Knowsley and the Liverpool City Region.”

Currently, the company is recruiting new operative staff as well as technical staff for its in-house Project Development Department. Peter Eaton, ENTRADE’s UK Operations Manager is leading the way for the new UK based team. Peter Eaton says: “with more presence and support provided in the United Kingdom we can ensure that we can make it affordable and easy to sign up for renewable heat and power in Britain.” With the new ENTRADE Biomass Research Centre coupled with technical O&M Centre, according to Peter Eaton the company is set to create up to 50 qualified jobs in the Liverpool area in the near term.

* Tomkinson cuts it’s heat and power bill

In Macclesfield, Tomkinson Heating Ltd. has cut its heat and power bill for 2015 with an E3 unit that runs off standardized wood pellets that are available as a commodity fuel across UK these days. The unit is set to run for over 8,000 hours annually with the current uptime filed for June 2015. The technology allows anybody anywhere to gain independence from the utility companies or go completely off-grid while making money at the same time. 

* Power for an industrial scale greenhouse

Another client nearby is powering an industrial scale greenhouse off the E3 modular and mobile power plant. By capturing carbon dioxide from the biomass pyrolysis process we can replace natural gas and the burning of fossil fuels for power production for the industrial greenhouses. Julien Uhlig, Chief Executive Office at Entrade says “this is a carbon negative technology concept and it is great business at the same time. This is the future of waste-to-energy and just another way we disrupt the energy industry.”

On Monday the 25th of January the company is hosting an open day at the facilities and welcomes prospective partners and interested clients to get to know the E3 – biomass Combined Heat and Power system (CHP). The event will be hosted by Entrade CEO Julien Uhlig.

* About ENTRADE

The Entrade group designs, manufactures, and operates innovative biomass energy power plants generating electricity, heating, and cooling.  The products range from small turnkey solutions to complex industrial facilities. Founded in 2006 the company has been named one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in Germany.  Entrade is dedicated to improving its products and services through significant R&D and works in close cooperation with leading research institutions in Germany including the Fraunhofer Institue UMSICHT, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg (FAU).

* About E3

E3 is a Micro-Biomass Power Generator, which provides decentralized energy supply in developed and emerging markets. A high-temperature reformer transforms solid biomass to a high-quality syngas, which is fed into an internal combustion engine to produce 25 kW of electricity and 60 kW of thermal energy. With a length of 186 cm, width of 156 cm and height of 200 cm the biomass generator is compact and can be easily transported anywhere in the world. Its modular concept enables individual units to be combined to form one flexible virtual power plant. The power generated can be consumed locally or sold to the electricity grid. The system also provides heating and cooling.

For further information please visit www.entrade.co

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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