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Green energy plant sets sights on town

Swindon Advertiser: Lawrence Murphy, the economic projects manager at Forward Swindon, at the former Easy Living site on  Cheney Manor industrial, estate where the plant could be built Buy this photo Lawrence Murphy, the economic projects manager at Forward Swindon, at the former Easy Living site on Cheney Manor industrial, estate where the plant could be built

A NEW biomass plant, creating green energy from recycled natural materials, could soon be built at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.

Pure Green – a low-carbon energy and animal bedding company – is to apply for planning permission to set up the facility after being attracted into Swindon by Forward Swindon’s business investment campaign.

The company specialises in recycling wood and other natural materials into two products: Biomass for use in commercial energy production, and animal bedding.

Pure Green is an offshoot of the European Hippofan, which has a turnover of more than €75m and employs 300 people across more than 15 different companies.

This announcement comes in the same week that Swindon Commercial Services, which could provide some recycled wood for the biomass plant, released more details about a fuel preparation plant to be built at its depot on the estate, which would turn household waste into solid fuel.

The business investment team at Forward Swindon have been helping Pure Green to find their facility, and prepare their planning application for the site, which was previously occupied by Easy Living Furniture.

Lawrence Murphy, the economic projects manager at Forward Swindon, said almost 100 jobs could be created in total, of which 40 would be at the plant across two phases of the scheme, and 50 would be involved in logistics.

The application, which has now been submitted, is for the demolition of the existing warehouse and building of an animal bedding and wood pellet processing plant and a CHP biomass plant.

Phil Young, the director of Investment at Forward Swindon, said: “Pure Green could be a major win for Swindon.

“They will use state-of-the-art technologies to produce sustainable energy and products, using resources from within the Swindon area.

“We have helped the company find suitable premises and given guidance on planning issues.

“If they gain planning consent, they will be contributing to one of our key target sectors – the low carbon economy.”

Forward Swindon says if the scheme receives planning permission, it will represent a major investment for the Swindon area.

The plant would source some of its recycled wood from Swindon Commercial Services, based next door, and raw materials from the surrounding areas of Wiltshire and the south west.

Biomass energy is clean – it operates in a closed carbon cycle and is carbon neutral. and it is envisaged that in the longer term the plant will be entirely “closed loop”, where the boiler will use energy generated by the process, which is required to heat and dry the raw materials.

The plant will not produce any harmful emissions.

Biomass is a renewable energy, and is already used within some UK power stations, contributing to the National Grid and reducing the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels.

IESI , a specialist firm in the management of renewable energy production, is a consultant to Pure Green. Managing director Dr John O’Shea said: “This is a progressive biomass plant and adds to our extension of such technology in the UK.”

See Forward Swindon’s website at www.swindon.uk.com.

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8:38am Fri 19 Apr 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Great news, but what would be the road traffic impact of all these lorries coming and in out the plant?
Great news, but what would be the road traffic impact of all these lorries coming and in out the plant? A.Baron-Cohen
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9:12am Fri 19 Apr 13

itsamess3 says...

"The application, which has now been submitted, is for the demolition of the existing warehouse and building of an animal bedding and wood pellet processing plant and a CHP biomass plant".

"The plant would source some of its recycled wood from Swindon Commercial Services, based next door, and raw materials from the surrounding areas of Wiltshire and the south west"

Carbon free--not.
"The application, which has now been submitted, is for the demolition of the existing warehouse and building of an animal bedding and wood pellet processing plant and a CHP biomass plant". "The plant would source some of its recycled wood from Swindon Commercial Services, based next door, and raw materials from the surrounding areas of Wiltshire and the south west" Carbon free--not. itsamess3
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9:15am Fri 19 Apr 13

Hmmmf says...

Biomass PR wrote:
Biomass energy is clean – it operates in a closed carbon cycle and is carbon neutral.

BS. http://goo.gl/CCMWC Drax claims that burning biomass is carbon neutral because new trees will absorb the CO2 output. Except it takes 20 years for trees to grow. Go tell it to the AGW crowd.
Biomass PR wrote:
Biomass is a renewable energy

Oh Really? Because once you've burned something as fuel you can burn it again and again as fuel...
Biomass PR wrote:
in the longer term the plant will be entirely “closed loop”, where the boiler will use energy generated by the process, which is required to heat and dry the raw materials.

Why yes, it's just like all those other perpetual motion machines, and the free energy from Tokamaks we've been supplied with since the 1960s.

The jobs will be welcome, of course, but the lies aren't. You want carbon-free energy to supply the needs of a nation 24/7, there is only one answer: nuclear. The rest is just carbon-con subsidy-farming.
[quote][p][bold]Biomass PR[/bold] wrote: Biomass energy is clean – it operates in a closed carbon cycle and is carbon neutral.[/quote] BS. http://goo.gl/CCMWC Drax claims that burning biomass is carbon neutral because new trees will absorb the CO2 output. Except it takes 20 years for trees to grow. Go tell it to the AGW crowd. [quote][p][bold]Biomass PR[/bold] wrote: Biomass is a renewable energy[/quote] Oh Really? Because once you've burned something as fuel you can burn it again and again as fuel... [quote][p][bold]Biomass PR[/bold] wrote: in the longer term the plant will be entirely “closed loop”, where the boiler will use energy generated by the process, which is required to heat and dry the raw materials. [/quote] Why yes, it's just like all those other perpetual motion machines, and the free energy from Tokamaks we've been supplied with since the 1960s. The jobs will be welcome, of course, but the lies aren't. You want carbon-free energy to supply the needs of a nation 24/7, there is only one answer: nuclear. The rest is just carbon-con subsidy-farming. Hmmmf
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9:44am Fri 19 Apr 13

itsamess3 says...

Hmmmf
Absolutely.
Hmmmf Absolutely. itsamess3
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12:45pm Fri 19 Apr 13

Empty Car Park says...

Sounds like Forward Swindon / SBC are playing at Dragons Den again.
Sounds like Forward Swindon / SBC are playing at Dragons Den again. Empty Car Park
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1:55pm Fri 19 Apr 13

itsamess3 says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Sounds like Forward Swindon / SBC are playing at Dragons Den again.
Burnt fingers comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Sounds like Forward Swindon / SBC are playing at Dragons Den again.[/p][/quote]Burnt fingers comes to mind. itsamess3
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8:05am Sat 20 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

Sounds like an advert for SBC, cr4p in, cr4p out!
Sounds like an advert for SBC, cr4p in, cr4p out! house on the hill
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