TWO key players in the UK wood fuel industry from north Northumberland have joined forces with investors to launch re:heat – a new energy business.
Directors Ben Tansey, from Glanton, and Neil Harrison, from Alnwick, have over 20 years in the wood energy industry between them, and believe re:heat will help transform the way energy assets are managed.
Based in Alnwick, re:heat will offer training, consultancy and advice on all matters regarding the production of heat from biomass, as well as handling the design, installation and operation of the right wood-fuelled systems.
Their aim is to help businesses and individuals who are looking at investing in a boiler to convert wood to sustainable heat, or who want to know how to get the most out of their woodland resource.
Ben has been working in the woodfuel sector for the last decade, and has worked at both ends of the industry, from wood fuel supply and sustainability, to the design of plants and processes.
Neil has just as much experience, with a background in rural development, forestry and biomass boiler design and installation, he has spent the last few years working in an advisory capacity.
“We saw a real gap in the market in this corner of the country for the development of wood as a source of renewable energy, and a major benefit of growing the industry here is that we are keeping money in the North East economy through developing and working with local suppliers, not outsourcing every project,” he said.
“Through the re:heat team, we aim to offer impartial advice and are committed to focussing on the right technical solution for the client - not necessarily the option that provides the highest margin for us.
“When correctly managed, wood can deliver a significant reduction in carbon emissions compared to the use of fossil fuels, as well as deliver considerable cost savings for those making the switch.
“These cost savings have received a huge boost with the recent increases in oil prices – wood has nothing like the volatility of fossil fuel markets – and with the introduction of the new Renewable Heat Incentive, which is easily the most generous renewable energy support scheme in the UK at present”.
The investors and two other directors in the business, David Orange and Keith Puddephatt, also bring their own considerable experience to the re:heat team – David from a 25-year career in running a specialist forestry and arboriculture machinery business, and Keith as a prominent underwriter in the City of London.
For more information about re:heat contact Neil on 07917 632171 or firstname.lastname@example.org