Major premium food supplier Cranswick has flicked the switch on a 2MW combined heat and power (CHP) unit at its Country Foods factory in Preston, Hull.
The company revealed this week that the onsite energy project had come online for the first time, following a 12-month design and construction process.
Developed and installed by BasePower, the CHP system converts natural gas into both electricity and heat using a single process. It enables the heat from the burning of the fuel to captured for ‘recycling’ and use within space heating, hot water supply and industrial processes.
Work to install the CHP unit had been completed before Christmas 2018, but the technology began generating electricity for the first time this week. The commissioning of steam and hot water supplies is set to be added over the next few months, with the technology set to supply the “vast majority” of the site’s total electricity requirements once the project is completed.
Overall, Cranswick has estimated that the facility will reduce its overall carbon footprint by more than 650 tonnes of CO2 annually, once it is "fully fired".