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CHP Commissioned at Carlisle Bio-Refinery

By Admin in Projects 14 January 2016
  •  CHP unit installed at the new Bio-Refining plant in Carlisle has been commissioned.

The GE Jenbacher gas engine supplied and executed by Clarke Energy was commissioned today on biogas generated by the H2 Energy Bio-Refinery. The 499 kWₑ engine that works in a combined heat and power configuration (CHP) converts biogas into electricity and heat to be utilised on site.

The new plant has been installed at the Cavaghan and Gray chilled food factory in Carlisle which is owned by 2 Sisters Food Group. Construction of the Bio-Refinery that converts food waste into biogas was completed in December 2015 and is the first plant of its kind to be used in the food manufacturing industry. This particular site will process a range of potato based ready meals.Engine J312 Small 002

An average throughput of 20 tonnes a day will be processed by the plant, generating an estimated 3,000 MWh/ year of electricity from the CHP, the equivalent of powering over 750 homes in the UK*. Additionally, hot water is generated, utilising high grade heat exhaust gas from the CHP at 400°C through a waste heat process for use in the manufacturing process.

The Bio-Refinery that will be operated and maintained by H2 Energy will transform the energy requirements of the Carlisle ready meal processing site. The plant will provide significant savings in energy and waste management costs by processing the waste on site, reducing the sites' carbon emissions and supporting 2 Sisters’ sustainability initiatives. 

*Source: https://www.gov.uk/uploads/attachment_data/file/449134/ECUK_Chapter_3_-_Domestic_factsheet.pdf