Sustainable power business ENER-G has opened an additional factory in Salford, Greater Manchester, to match the increasing worldwide demand for renewable and energy efficient technologies.
The expansion will allow the company to increase production of its combined heat and power (CHP) and biogas generator units by 50% - to meet orders from across the globe.
Last year the fast-growing business doubled its original manufacturing space by opening a second factory in Salford and it has now trebled its original manufacturing space to 34,000 sq ft, by converting an adjacent building.
ENER-G will train its factory team in lean manufacturing techniques to introduce smarter working practices and processes that will boost efficiency and ensure faster turnaround of customer orders and new jobs will be created alongside further production increases.
The company will also recruit more service engineers to expand its 90-strong installation and maintenance team and a dedicated training centre is being built within the new premises.
ENER-G’s CHP systems create electricity and heat simultaneously and reduce carbon emissions by around 20% while cutting electricity costs by approximately one third. They are used at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, as well as in hospitals, hotels, leisure centres, supermarkets, factories and other buildings worldwide.
They can be powered by natural gas or renewable biogases and ENER-G has installed and operates in excess of 120MW of biogas generation, primarily from landfill gas. It also applies its technology to anaerobic digestion, with a number of high profile projects at wastewater treatment plants such as a 4.5MW biogas cogeneration project in Budapest.
ENER-G helped pioneer CHP technology 25 years ago. Since then, the company has used its advanced technologies to assist organisations across the world in reducing their carbon emissions by millions of tonnes.
As part of its growth strategy, ENER-G’s energy from waste business Energos has recently moved its UK offices from Salford to Warrington. This provides more space for the company’s Salford head office staff of more than 300 people.
Energos is also expanding rapidly, growing from 18 people in 2004 to 62 today and expects to create a further 50 full-time jobs over the next two years between its UK and Norwegian operations. The business offers a clean energy recovery from waste solution – using advanced thermal conversion technology - that provides a best practice alternative to mass-burn incineration and a commercially proven alternative to landfill.
Energos, which has recently opened one of its clean energy recovery facilities on the Isle of Wight and has six other plants in Europe, is currently rolling out its advanced conversion process throughout the UK. It will start construction on new facilities in Scotland, Lincolnshire, Merseyside and Newport over the next 12 months - with further developments planned in Londonderry and Derbyshire. Another facility is already under construction in Sarpsborg, Norway.
ENER-G also has offices in Pendleton, Salford, which is home to part of its Energy Management division.
Derek Duffill, group managing director, said: “ENER-G is a fine example of UK engineering and technological excellence. Our innovative products and services are in demand across the globe – fuelling our ongoing growth and reflected in our turnover of £90 million which has grown four-fold over the past six years.
“We have 701 employees worldwide and operating companies in the UK, Hungary, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Norway and Poland, plus joint ventures in South Africa, Mexico and Spain.”