Viridor’s Lakeside EfW Gets Solar PV Roof Panels
The Lakeside energy from waste (EfW) facility, near Heathrow Terminal 5, has been installed with solar photovoltaic panels.
A joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor means the Lakeside facility can process 410,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste a year, generating 37 megawatts of sustainable power.
One third of the south-facing curved roof at the back of the plant now accommodates 1000 solar panels, which generate 230,500 Kwh of sustainable energy a year, delivering a total carbon saving of 137,000 tonnes a year.
Danny Coulston, Director of Operations at Lakeside EfW says: “Although the Lakeside facility has been running for four years now, we are continuously trying to maximise operating efficiency – particularly the amount of energy we use.
“We were delighted to have it confirmed that even in the UK, a country not well known for its brilliant weather, solar technology performs really well.
“This was not a straightforward job because the curvature of the roof meant that very close attention had to be paid to health and safety. The BELECTRIC team worked very closely with us in this challenging environment and did an excellent job.
“Although investment in clean energy is Lakesides core business, this advanced solar PV system doubly highlights the benefits of this approach”.
Envac Wins World’s Largest Multiple Use Hospital Contract
The global pioneer of underground automated vacuum waste collection, Envac, has secured its largest tri-system contract with Hainan Cancer Hospital, an international cutting-edge centre of healing and research in Haikou City, China.
The deal, which is estimated to be worth almost £3m will see Envac handle the laundry of 1,200 hospital beds and the general waste of over 11,000 staff and patients. It will also form a key component in helping the hospital to achieve the coveted “Luban Award”, China’s illustrious award for design and construction.
In total the three systems will transport almost 13 tonnes of waste from the site’s 628 waste inlets each day throughout a pipe network that will span almost two miles (2.7km) in length on completion.
Fredrik Lauritsen, Head of Envac’s Hospital Programme, said:“Just as everything evolves and changes to adapt to an ever-changing environment traditional waste collection is rapidly becoming an out-dated and ineffective approach to waste management. The simplicity around automated waste collection, not to mention its countless benefits, is enough for large organisations to rethink their waste strategy and integrate a solution that is relevant both now and in the future. Hainan Cancer Hospital has achieved this and on completion it will have a method of waste collection that will save time and money whilst dramatically increasing the hospital’s productivity and hygiene levels.”
Construction on the site began in March 2014 and will be completed by July 2015.
Record Number Of UK Bathing Beaches Receive Top Water Quality Award
A record number of UK bathing beaches receive top water quality award after the driest summer since 2003.
One of the UK’s driest summers in recent memory has resulted in more bathing beaches than ever being “Recommended” for their excellent water quality in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Good Beach Guide.
The Society has recommended 538 out of 734 (73 percent) UK beaches tested during last summer as having excellent water quality – that’s 135 more than the previous year. There were also fewer failures, with just fourteen beaches tested last summer failing to reach minimum water quality standards.
MCS Coastal Pollution Officer, Rachel Wyatt, says she hopes the latest figures will be a boost to UK tourism after several previously wet summers which led to a drop in bathing water quality from pollution running into the sea from rural and urban areas and overloaded sewers.
“It’s great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be,” says Rachel Wyatt. “The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather.”
Beaches which don’t meet the “Sufficient” standard at the end of 2015 will have to display signs warning against bathing in the sea from the start of the bathing season in 2016.