Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blazing a Trail in Energy Field; in Association with RBS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blazing a Trail in Energy Field; in Association with RBS

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Byline: By Peter McCusker

THE first building in the UK to be powered by wind and hydrogen is being developed by a North-East company as it continues to lead the way in the field of renewable and sustainable energy sources.

Newcastle-based TNEI Services has been commissioned by Yorkshire Forward (the regional development agency for Yorkshire) to provide the power for the project in Rotherham.

And it comes as the company is looking to almost double its workforce early next year with its 2007 turnover of pounds 4m projected to jump to pounds 6m in 2008.

TNEI will install a wind turbine on the pounds 8.7m Environmental Energy Technology Centre (EETC) at Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham to generate hydrogen gas which will be stored and then converted into electricity.

Jason Stoyel, TNEI's technical manger, said: "This development is a real life Tomorrow's World-style project which will demonstrate to the wider community how hydrogen can be used in a commercial setting.

"It is the first of its kind on this scale - where conventional wind energy will be used on site to generate hydrogen."

The EETC opens next year as an entirely energy self-sufficient centre which will house more than 30 businesses working in the renewable energy industry. Matthew Lumsden, managing director of TNEI, said: "TNEI is entering a major period of expansion. We are working on some innovative and exciting projects and need to build on our already strong and dynamic team to support this business development.

"We are looking to recruit at least 17 to 20 new consultants and engineers over the next 12 months - with an immediate requirement of 10 new members of staff with planning and environmental experience.

"In the new year, we will be embarking on a round of advertising in both the regional Press and in industry specific publications to identify potential recruits."

TNEI Services is a private limited company employing around 40 people with offices in Manchester and Woking as well as the Newcastle headquarters. …

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