Cleansing Service Group, one of the largest privately owned waste management companies in the UK, has strengthened its green credentials by investing in the renewable energy technology sector.
It has gained an equity stake in Refgas Ltd, the Deeside based developer of a state of the art, ultra clean, modular “green gas and energy” generating plant, in return for an “undisclosed but material investment”. This will help Refgas to build and operate its first commercial applications in the UK, which are designed to generate electricity, heat and cooling for large, energy hungry companies or to export green electricity to the power grid, replacing power from coal and other fossil fuels.
The ingenious Refgas technology converts waste wood and some other waste materials into a synthetic gas that is cleaner than natural gas! From there, the gas is used to fuel standard engines and generate power and heat, with each compact unit being capable of generating enough power to service a couple of thousand homes.
Neil Richards, CSG’s managing director (pictured front right) stated “Our whole philosophy is to recover or recycle waste materials wherever possible and avoid landfill disposal “.”The Refgas team has taken this one step further, using waste materials to generate power, on an impressive scale, with an incredibly clean, compact and efficient process”, he continued.
George Willacy, who founded Refgas 7 years ago and who personally financed its multi-million R&D programme stated, “We are delighted to be associated with CSG and their investment will ease and speed up our entry into the commercial marketplace”.
CSG has 23 of its own operating sites in the UK and some of these need a combination of heat and power on a large scale.
” We are certainly not alone in considering alternative energy solutions which are green, sustainable and able to save us a lot of money, now and in the future”, concluded the CSG managing director.