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Biomass specialist’s expansion plans are heating up at Westmorland Show

[A] leading name in the supply of renewable heat energy to Cumbria is preparing to reveal more about its ambitious plans for expansion at the Westmorland County Show this week.

Scot Heat & Power is currently undertaking a multi-million pound pipeline of work that is serving to cement its reputation as an energy supplier to major projects, right across Britain.

Organised by Westmorland County Agricultural Society, the event is Cumbria’s largest livestock and agricultural show – and Scot Heat & Power is proud to return for a third year at Lane Farm on Thursday 14 September.

It is also sponsoring the Countryside Area – known as the Scot Heat & Power Arena – which shows off the very best of rural sports and activities.

The company, established in 2010, has significantly invested in a new base at Low House Business Centre, Windermere.

After seeing increased enquiries for services and maintenance in Cumbria, Scot Heat & Power’s Windermere operation will respond to that significant demand by offering large commercial as well as smaller biomass boilers.

The company – which provides highly efficient wood chip/wood pellet-fuelled boilers to farms and animal feed producers, garden centres, hotels and educational establishments – plans to further diversify with the introduction of an arboricultural specialism in rural estate and forestry management.

This will help it to provide practical help to landowners and land managers throughout the UK, while significantly expanding its offering.

Scot Heat & Power recently appointed its own professional Chartered Forester and can now call upon this knowledge to offer forest planning, thinning and felling operations, ground preparation and restocking services. It is also now sustainably sourcing timber from Grizedale Forest in Ambleside.

Scot Heat & Power’s Managing Director, Malcolm Snowie, said: “We put sustainability at the heart of our forestry, round wood sourcing policies, and practices, so that we can responsibly realise the full potential of the country’s woodlands as economic, environmental and social resources.”

The renewable heat specialist has specially developed its biomass processing facilities to capture new market growth in the supply of renewable energy. Millions of tonnes of waste wood and oversize material are generated each year which, when reprocessed, can deliver major environmental benefits.

The company processes this waste wood on its own sites, diverting it from landfill and delivering a cost-effective disposal route for customers that maximises payloads and ensures carbon savings.

Mr Snowie continued: “This will be our third year exhibiting at the Westmorland County show and we’re very proud to be able to speak about our new products and developments which we believe will deliver wide benefits to our clients.

“We’re set to yield several interesting multi-million pound opportunities in the very near future, so it’s a really exciting time for us. At Westmorland, we want to talk about the considerable environmentally sustainable advances that we are now able to bring to the market as we look to further grow our interests. We are also expanding into electrical battery storage systems which will offer all turbine users, small and large, additional benefits.

“Our products use biomass and steam energy to provide effective solutions across a wide range of sectors. They’re innovative and technically sophisticated but simple and reliable to run.

“We are targeting further growth in the UK and also diversifying into arboriculture, while maintaining a key focus on our core specialisms which remain the lifeblood of the business.”

He added: “We see the Westmorland County Show as a significant strategic step in that direction as we eye further expansion.”

Recent strategic partnerships with Cochran UK and Sweden’s Jernforsen bioenergy give Scot Heat & Power the capability to provide industrial heat, steam and Combined Heat and Power solutions from 2MW to 35MW thermal capacity using virgin biomass or waste fuels in fully Waste Incineration Directive-compliant installations, with wood chip options up to 8MWe.

The company also recently formed a collaborative partnership with Cochran to offer a complete boiler package with systems the meet the requirements of modern energy production, while its agreement with Jernforsen is expected to inspire fresh innovation, in turn delivering greater value to the UK market.

Jernforsen has delivered more than 1,000 plants to clients across the world since it was founded in 1984, including working closely with Swedish state university Linnéuniversitetet for almost 20 years. It has increasingly invested in smaller cogeneration plants of up to 8MWe, which it sees as a key growth market.

Now Scot Heat & Power is leveraging Jernforsen’s significant know-how for UK projects, including wood processing, pellet production, and Waste Incineration Directive-compliant boilers, utilising unusual and difficult biomass waste streams.

Scot Heat and Power facilitates 24/7 maintenance cover and services most types of biomass boilers, with bespoke service contracts available.

The company offers highly efficient wood chip/wood pellet-fuelled boilers, specialising in 100kw to 20 MW biomass boilers, low temperature hot water boilers, steam applications, Waste Incineration Directive-compliant boilers, combined heat and power, and district heating applications.

It chiefly provides heating solutions and service/maintenance to large commercial industry across food and drink, waste management, housing associations, public sector hospitals, prisons, schools, universities, hotels and leisure facilities, and more.

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