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10th Dec 2015
The containerised CHP plant which Abel Energy has been appointed to distribute in East Anglia

Watton-based renewable energy company Abel Energy has signed an exclusive deal to distribute a market-leading containerised Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generator across East Anglia – offering commercial and agricultural businesses a new way to generate both heat and electricity from biomass fuel, and take advantage of Government financial incentives at the same time.

Abel Energy is only the second firm in England to be granted a licence to distribute the Entrade E3 – billed as the world’s smallest Biomass CHP power generator, being able to simultaneously generate up to 25kW of electric power and 60kW of heat.  It can even be used to generate 30kW of cooling, a big attraction in the agricultural sector, where the unit can be used to undertake energy-heavy tasks such as chilling potatoes.

The entire power plant is delivered to site in one standard-sized 30-foot container, and can be installed and commissioned in a day.  The plant sits alongside a self-contained fuel store.

Because it is fuelled by wood pellets, the plant is eligible for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive payments, providing a 20 year income stream alongside the energy savings – a particular attraction as subsidies for solar electricity generation face big cuts.

“This is the first truly self-contained power plant which is viable for pretty much any business or farm,” said Chris Abel of Abel Energy.  It is compact, easily installed, and is operated and maintained by us on an ongoing basis – so the client simply reaps the financial and environmental benefits.

“From one container, 24 hour electricity generation, heat generation and even cooling is possible.  This plant is truly innovative, and we are delighted to have been appointed sole distributor in the whole of East Anglia.

“All kinds of businesses could benefit from this: farms, hotels, nursing and care homes and leisure centres to name but a few. 

“Typically users will see 100 per cent payback in five or six years – and with the Government’s RHI guaranteed for 20 years, and a 20 year operating contract, the savings could be very significant.”

Abel Energy will be unveiling the Entrade E3 at the agricultural machinery show LAMMA in January at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.