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Online networking platform for energy saving groups launched

Posted by Tasha Kosviner on 12 February 2014 at 12:10 pm

An abattoir looking for a biogas plant to take away 10 tonnes of sheep guts a week; a willow coppice ready for harvesting; and someone looking for a source of waste heat to warm some greenhouses.

These are just a few of the posts that have appeared on the online networking platform, the Renewables Marketplace, launched this week (27 January 2014)

The platform is aimed at community groups as well as private and public sector organisations who are interested in meeting professionals in the renewable industry to get advice, make business connections or share ideas.

Set up by the Renewable Energy Association (REA), it is expected that the free to use platform will provide a meeting place for groups interested in “supplying their own energy, saving money, investing in the future, recycling their waste, helping to address climate change and making new business partnerships.”

REA community engagement adviser Gaynor Hartnell, said: “The marketplace is one concrete step the REA is taking to help foster business partnerships between the renewables industry and the wider economy. It’s well suited to community energy groups who need equipment, advice or a developer to partner with.”

She said the marketplace also offered opportunities to businesses and public sector organisations to generate new revenue streams and turn wastes and residues into valuable resources.

The REA is the trade organisation representing renewable energy producers and promotes the use of renewable energy in the UK.

Photo Credit: London Permaculture via Compfight cc

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Gabriel2014Comment left on: 6 March 2014 at 8:56 pm

Aparently, palm kernel shell is beacoming an important biomass resource. Yet, I have my doubts on using palm kernel shell pellet in conventional biomass boilers. Can this biomass be used safetly without affecting the boiler performance and lifespan? 

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