By Cameron Chai
Markey Group’s subsidiary, Premiere Kitchens, has opened a new £1.1 million biomass unit, as an effort towards green credentials.
(L-R) Paul Markey and Dr Asli Tamer Vestlund open Markey biomass facility
The unit was officially inaugurated by Dr Asli Tamer Vestlund, Deputy Technical Manager, Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), which focuses on reducing the virgin timber burning and promoting wood waste burning in order to produce energy.
Premiere Kitchens produces about 2,350 t of wood waste, which includes residual off-cuts and chipboard dust, every year. Earlier, these wood wastes were used as landfills. Now, the biomass reactor uses wood wastes to meet the hot water and heating requirements of Markey’s 8.5 ac location at Hardwicke.
The 2.1 MW hot water boiler was produced by Justsen Energiteknik, based in the Denmark and commissioned by Indusvent, based in the UK. The system is modeled to combine with Markey’s present waste handling and extraction machinery.
Wood waste incineration is auto controlled to provide maximal efficiency. In addition, the outcome is observed at the production site located in Denmark and at the operational site in Hardwicke.
Markey Group has disconnected its mains gas supply after the installation of the biomass facility. The company expects to reduce over 1,020 t of carbon emissions annually, which is equal to using gas by 638 average houses annually.
The company has adopted green practices during the last five years. It has recycled nearly 50 t of plastic, which is equal to 168,500 footballs and over 200 t of paper and cardboard, which is equal to 132,000 pizza boxes.