A FAMILY-owned business near York is pioneering the next generation of combined heat and power technology following a multi-million pound investment in a suite of new machinery.
Allium Energy, based just outside Easingwold, specialises in making renewable electricity from organic wastes and is building a plant that will generate enough power to supply nearly 1,000 homes.
The company began in 2017 after brothers Richard and Peter Todd sold their waste management business so that they could concentrate on the recycling of organic wastes.
Over a short period, the company’s activities have grown to include composting, bio-mass, bio-gas, land restoration and renewable electricity production.
Recognising that a number of the business’s former waste sites were producing quantities of gas, the brothers set out to learn how to generate renewable energy by capturing methane generated from decomposing organic matter.
These sites are now renewable centres, with all waste processed to recover power with the by-product being valuable compost.
When completed in the New Year, the combined heat and power plant at Alne will reduce local CO2 emissions by almost 6,500 tonnes every year and will generate 1.3MW of electricity per hour. Furthermore, four skilled jobs will be created, increasing the Allium team from 14 to 18 over the next year.