Edina recognised at prestigious decentralised energy industry awards

Edina were once again recognised at this years' Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) awards for two prestigious categories 'Industrial Project of the Decade' and 'Visionary Project of the Year'.

Shortlisted across five category awards, spanning ten projects, Edina was awarded the Industrial Project of the Decade for their work with R&R Ice Cream.

Home to famous brands including Kelly's Ice Cream and Fab Lollies, Edina supplied, installed and currently maintain two MWM TCG 2020 V20 natural gas engines at R&R Ice Cream's production facility plant based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Due to the restrictions on the amount of electricity that was available to be imported, R&R Ice Cream decided in early 2012 to consider the installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to provide greater independence from the electricity grid supply.

The ADE commented, "The 4MWe CHP plant was installed at the site to improve energy security but also increased the site's production by 20% as well as reducing its energy bill by £400k and saving 4,800 tonnes of carbon a year."

With a combined electrical output of 4MW, the two MWM TCG 2020 V20 gas engines were configured for both Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) and steam generation, and formed part of an innovative on-site development, resulting in the largest CHP installation in a UK ice cream factory.

Both MWM engines were containerised at Edina's manufacturing facility based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. The modular containerised off-site construction of the package units, significantly reduced the on-site construction time, reduced on-site waste and reduced the commissioning process, all resulting in an overall programme improvement.

Visionary CHP

The final award of the evening, the Visionary Project of the Year, received the most entries out of every category. The category highlighted projects that look forward and dramatically change the vision of our energy industry for tomorrow.

Gateshead Council's ambitious District Heating Scheme beat the competition and took home the Visionary Project of the Year category award.

The ADE commented; "Gateshead's District Heating Scheme is a truly visionary project that provides heat through 3km of pipe and electricity through a private wire network to domestic, commercial and public sector customers."

The ADE concluded, "The Scheme is one of the most unique projects in the country as it also offers peak power generation to help balance the grid through a mixture of battery storage and CHP with heat storage."

The energy centre and network has been designed to be able to meet all the energy needs of future developments planned for Gateshead town centre. Significantly, the scheme provides the low-carbon energy infrastructure which will underpin the redevelopment of the 21-hectare Baltic Business Quarter business development site and wider Gateshead Quays, which the Council is progressing - developers will have the major commercial advantage of a low-cost energy supplier right on their doorstep.

Edina supplied, installed and currently maintains Gateshead's 4MWe CHP plant which became operation in March 2017.

The council has recently won £5.4m in EU funding to construct two more energy schemes and is expected a further 600 homes, and several public buildings connected to district energy networks, to provide low-cost, low-carbon heat and power for residents and buildings alike.

The annual awards ceremony took place on the evening of the 19th October at London's Science Museum in merriment of the ADE's 50th anniversary, celebrating innovation, best practice and inspiring engineering in the company of 400 special guests.

The Awards celebrated outstanding schemes that have made a dramatic impact across district heating, combined heat and power and demand side energy services.

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