ESP Energy showcases CHP system ...

CHP system in action showcased by ESP Energy…

Shropshire’s leading renewable energy specialists ESP Energy, of Stapleton, near Shrewsbury hosted an open day at Knighton, to showcase the very latest Combined Heat & Power system for farms.

Andrew and Jackie Powell are sheep, cattle and free-range chicken farmers at Grove Farm, on the outskirts of the market town of Knighton on the Welsh border, which has been in the family for many generations.

The pair had previously invested in biomass boilers but with the expansion of their business and increased cost of energy they needed a technology that provided both renewable heat and power.

The answer was a system provided by Arbor, consisting of a Pezzolato chip pre-treatment system and two Arbor Electrogen gasification units. The couple’s son Llewellyn, aged 19, recently completed a two-year agricultural course at Walford College in north Shropshire and now works for Arbor as a field service engineer looking after this installation together with a further six systems in the Marches region.

Llewellyn commented: “The installation itself took three months and the system has now been running for a further two months and we are absolutely delighted with the results as nothing goes to waste. Any excess chip that is unsuitable for this system can be used in our existing biomass boilers or used as bedding for livestock.

ESP Energy sales development manager Rishi Lee, added: “This system has been a complete success for Mr and Mrs Powell, generating 100 kilowatts of heating and 45 Kilowatts of electricity to be used on the farm, with any surplus being exported to the national grid.

“We are extremely grateful for their hospitality in hosting this open day and for allowing so many visitors to come along and see the system in action on their farm.”

Pictured are, from left, Llewellyn Powell (host), Gary Meadows (Arbor project manager), Rishi Lee, visitor Owen Hardwick and Alex Croft of ESP Energy.