LATi 2015 Energy Showcase: Community Energy Focus

Thursday, 16th April 2015 at 2:30pm - 6pm

Location: Loughborough University Design School

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Community Energy Showcase and Roundtable for communities and groups that are looking at renewable and green energy sources to provide energy for their local communities, as well as companies that work in energy and sustainable energy.

The roundtable style event will allow you to engage with the people who have initiated and are running ‘community energy’ projects, and learn about why they chose a particular source of renewable energy and the process that they had to go through to get their projects up and running.

The aim of the event is to encourage collaboration and the sharing of knowledge, for attendees to establish synergies and market opportunities, and to learn from those that have implemented renewable energy projects.

We will look at four renewable energy projects, some of which are running successfully, while others are still in the planning phase, including a biomass, wind turbine, inland water and an incinerator waste energy project.

Roundtable experts:

Martin Briggs, Technical Manager for GLW Feeds Ltd will chair the roundtable event.

GLW Feeds is a major animal feed manufacturer based in Shepshed, producing a quarter of a million tonnes of feed annually, with a yearly energy spend of about £1million, mainly electricity for process use.  GLW Feeds have a Climate Change Agreement and have been part of a Carbon Trust Industrial Energy Accelerator project and also operate under an Environment Agency Permit.

Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England, will provide insights about the trends in community energy projects and why this market is taking off right now.

Community Energy England is the representative body for community energy projects across England. As CEO, Emma is committed to improving environmental sustainability, having worked for a number of local authorities and regional bodies on sustainable development policy.

Prior to joining CEE she was the General Manager of Sheffield Renewables, a renewable energy community benefit society which installs solar PV on community buidlings. In parallel to this she worked on two EU projects looking at renewable energy and green urban systems so has a strong practical knowledge of what works at all levels from a small local community to cross-EU working.

Dr Mike Colechin of the Energy Technologies Institute (the ETI) is our expert on 'Creating an Affordable Low Carbon Energy System for the UK', putting Energy Demand Reduction into the context of on-going developments and future options for whole energy system.

Dr Mike Colechin is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years experience in the energy sector, Mike is currently responsible for ensuring that the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) delivers value to its stakeholders, including funding members from both the public and private sector and the wider community of industry, public sector and academic players involved in energy in the UK.

Prior to joining the ETI, Mike spent 15 years with E.ON, first as a combustion engineer and subsequently as a part of E.ON’s R&D Management Team.

Chris Ratcliffe of Wheelabrator Technologies Incorporated (WTi) is expert in using Energy Recovery Plants (ERF) to generate energy  from Municipal, Commercial and Industrial waste. Mary Tappenden, of Biffa Waste Services Ltd and Tom Jeral, Technical Director, WTI, will also talk about their experience of their project and the steps undertaken to achieve planning consent for the facility. 

Chris Ratcliffe is a Business Development Manager with Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. developing Energy from Waste projects in the UK. Experience gained over a number of years in the waste industry has enabled the Project Management of waste projects from conception through to operation and a knowledge and understanding of the consenting regime.

Mike Brettle
of the Gamlingay Community Turbine project, is part of an team involved with building a 54m tall wind turbine with money raised in the small Cambridgeshire village of Gamlingay.

Mike Brettle will provide insights about the technical and planning issues ithey had in deciding if such a project is viable and choosing a site. Just as important, the concerns expressed by local people and how they were dealt with.

Mike Brettle is a professional meteorologist from Cambridgeshire who spends most of his time in Leicestershire, working for long-standing LATi members, Campbell Scientific. He has also worked for British Antartic Survey and the Meteorological Office.

Geoff Homewood
, Vice-Chairman of 
Abingdon Hydro Ltd isheading up a project to use some of the water flowing over the weir on the River Thames at Abingdon, in order to generate electricity.  

Abingdon Hydro have planning consent from the local authority and the Environment Agency water abstraction license required to install two Archimedes Screws which should generate between 400 and 450 MWh pa worth some £100k - £110k. The scheme benefits from the Feed in Tariff available to micro hydro generators. They are currently raising the funds to build the scheme, and are projecting a return to investors of between 3% and 4%. Over the period of the FiT they anticipate that the local community will benefit to the tune of £50k - £125k, depending largely on whether commercial debt is needed to fund a proportion of the total project construction costs.

Geoff will provide insight into the process and problems involved in getting to where they currently are at Abingdon Hydro, together with illustrations and a description of the business model.

Iain Thornton of Campbell Scientific will discuss why measurements matter in solar and wind energy. Obtaining and utilising accurate and reliable measurements of meteorological parameters is an important consideraton in many wind and solar energy projects. From prospecting and resource assessment through to output forecasting and onsite operations choosing and using the right instruments can mean the difference between success and failure. Iain Thornton will explain how datalogger based systems are often utilised in these markets.

Iain Thornton is the Marketing Manager at Campbell Scientific Ltd, the European subsidiary of Campbell Scientific Inc. The company specialises in data loggers and data acquisition systems widely used in field based environmental, geotechnical and structural monitoring applications. Their products are extensively used in wind and solar energy installations across Europe.

Exhibitors include Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Campbell Scientific, Midlands Energy Consortium, Community Energy England, Loughborough Innovation Centre, HPC and FSB.

Many thanks to the numerous individuals and bodies supporting this event, including LLEP, Charnwood Borough Council, Nottingham Trent University, NTU working with you,  Prof Loveday and Prof Glass at Loughborough University, Community Energy England, Martin Briggs of GLW Feeds, Inntropy (Nottingham Cleantech Centre) , Dr Helen Turner and the Midlands Energy Consortium, DNVGL, the ETI and CREST, amongst others.   


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