News In Brief: Ricardo-AEA Gets CHP Role, Cycle Safety & Company Liquidated

Ricrado-AEA Appointed To CHP Role Bt The EC

Waste consultancy, Ricardo-AEA, has been appointed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy to review and update the reference values that help to determine the efficiency of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants across the EU.

It will carry out the work in collaboration with a number of European partners and the project will include an extensive data collection exercise on the performance of power stations, heat generation stations and CHP plants, including a full review of the existing scientific literature. Consultations will also be undertaken with relevant industry stakeholders using surveys to verify data or address any gaps in the evidence base.

“CHP has a significant role to play in helping countries to make primary energy savings,” said Ricardo-AEA business manager for CHP Mahmoud Abu-Ebid. “As a result, policies have been developed across Europe to support the development of CHP which currently accounts for around 11 percent of the EU’s total generation of power. We look forward to providing technical assistance on this project for the Commission as the reference values provide an important foundation for the development of CHP policies across Europe.”

New Cycle Safety Technology Launched For Waste Sector

28-07-14-cycle-safetyA new cycle safety technology has been launched to reduce the growing number of cyclist collisions and casualties across the country involving large commercial vehicles, including those operated by the waste management sector.

The CycleEye technology, developed by Bristol engineering company Fusion Processing Ltd, uses radar and camera sensors to identify when the risk for the cyclist is increased due to being alongside or immediately in front of the vehicle, and gives an audible alert to the driver’s cab.

The unit, which can operate night and day, is fitted to the side of the waste truck. The intelligent system is programmed to ignore other nearby objects such as bollards, railings or cars so they are not mistaken for bikes, thereby cutting out false alerts. A preliminary trial in London, has also seen the system achieve a staggering 98.5 per cent success rate in identifying cyclists.

SR Waste Recycling Liquidated After Permits Revoked

barnsley-based recycling business, SR Waste Recycling, has gone into liquidation following the Environment Agency’s recent revoking of its environmental permits (Environment Agency Revokes Permits From Barnsley Recycling Firm).

Both the firm, and its owner Simon Robinson, are due in Barnsley Magistrates’ Court later this month to answer charges of failure to comply with an enforcement notice requiring the removal of non-permitted waste, but Robsinson stated that the revoking of the permits had been a “death knell” for the firm.

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