11/09/2012 - Complete Vergas Gas Holder System

Complete Vergas Gas Holder System now supplied with CE marking, offered with "EC Declaration of Conformity" or "EC Declaration of Incorporation".

07/12/2009 - Poo power cuts Thames electricity bill by £15m


Thames Water saved £15m in electricity bills last year by generating its own renewable power from its 13.6 million customers' poo.

In 2008/09 UK's biggest water and sewerage company generated a staggering 14 per cent of its power needs from either burning sewage sludge or methane derived from it.

Dr Keith Colquhoun, Thames Water's Climate Change Strategy Manager, said:

"There's no polite way of saying this but what we produce - our poo - isn't simply waste, it's a great source of energy. That's good news because we treat 2.8 billion litres of sewage every day at our 349 sewage works. The solids in sewage have a high calorific content that we use to generate electricity.

"And this isn't a gimmick: as well as helping us to be more sustainable as a company, it also saves money - £15m less spent on energy last year alone, saving money for customers.

"Our goal is to cut greenhouse emissions by 20 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020 - that's about 200,000 tonnes less CO2. By using poo power and other renewable energy sources, we're making significant progress towards this target after cutting emissions by five per cent in the past two years, despite grid energy becoming more carbon-intensive.

"Delegates at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit must face the fact that combating climate change is no longer about talk. It's about all of us taking action - and in our case, that includes poo power."

Thames Water - which has the largest renewable electricity generation capacity inside the M25, excluding the commercial electricity generators - uses two methods to generate power from sewage:

  1. Thermal destruction with energy recovery, where sewage sludge, which is the solid content of the sewage dried into blocks of 'poo cake', is burned to generate power; and
  2. Anaerobic digestion, or CHP (combined heat and power) generation, which is where methane derived from sewage sludge is burned to created heat, which in turn generates power.