Leading renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has developed a rapid ‘heat assessment’ package aimed at small-scale biomass projects which provides initial feasibility surveys, technology selection and sizing of potential systems. The assessment package is specifically aimed at community projects and is already proving to be very popular throughout the UK.
The government have set targets of moving from the current 1% to 12% of all heat generated from a renewable source by 2020. This will require all aspects of society to play their part, and will be supported by a ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ confirmed by Westminster in Oct 2010. It is a huge countrywide undertaking which Natural Power is positioning itself to support following the formation of a dedicated Biomass team led by Dan Gates.
Gates, Biomass Manager at Natural Power comments: ‘We can see that with the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive there is a real need for independent and expert assessments of renewable heat projects. Natural Power have developed a robust assessment package for anyone looking at a small scale renewable heat projects between 50kW to 3MW. We have data from hundreds of projects and suppliers, and we combine this with the in-house skills of large scale, utility-based consultancy services. We can help provide accurate and tailored business advice to these small projects and the uptake has been great already. It is a big target for the government to have set but I am looking forward to helping the UK reach it with a team of Biomass experts backed by the one of industry’s most innovative consultancies.
Projects so far include studies for community and leisure centres in Ullapool (Scottish Highlands), a nursing home (also in the Highlands) and the design for communal district heating for a housing association in Stirling.
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