Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Green Engines Get Trial Run in Region; in Association with RBS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Green Engines Get Trial Run in Region; in Association with RBS

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Byline: By Peter McCusker

BIODIESEL engines which could slash business heating and power costs and reduce UK carbon emissions are being piloted in the North-East.

Minister for North-East England Nick Brown marked the official UK launch of state of the art biodiesel systems at the region's New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in Blyth.

NaREC's Clothier Laboratories at the Hebburn research centre will host the UK's first demonstration project of the new generation of 100% biodiesel fuelled combined heat and power engines (CHP).

The investment and aftercare team at regional development agency One NorthEast has been working with Japanese firm Yanmar Co Ltd to secure the project, which could pave the way for new commercial uses of a secure, low carbon power resource.

Micro CHP is particularly suitable for commercial buildings with significant heating and power requirements, such as swimming pools, communal residences like care homes and university campuses, and in rural areas.

The North-East will be the only location in Europe to run a pilot for Yanmar.

The research and development programme will evaluate the economy and ecology of the engines to run on biodiesel fuel and develop the engine so it will be ready for commercial sale in the UK and Europe. Yanmar has installed two engines at the Clothier Laboratories. They will work with NaREC, Newcastle University and local partners in collaborative research to power, monitor, appraise and develop the engine, to enable it to be brought to the UK market within the next three years. One NorthEast's rural and environment team has invested pounds 200,000 of Single Programme funding in the project through NaREC.

Mr Brown said: "I am delighted to be here to witness the launch of this exciting new project. It represents an excellent opportunity for our region to further enhance its expertise in the developing biofuels industry.

"The knowledge which will be gained from research into this area will help increase the overall prosperity of our region and is a wonderful example of the North-East's commitment to leading the way in exploring and mastering emerging new energy technologies. …

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