Galvanised into generating power

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Worksop Galvanizing is helping with plans to build a green energy plant that will produce enough energy to power 65,000 homes and heat community facilities.

The company, which is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has galvanized 1,300 tonnes of structural steel that construction contractor Caunton Engineering is using to create the framework for a new plant that will generate electricity by burning straw and wood chips.

The new plant is being built in Lincolnshire, is due to open in 2014 and is only the second in the UK to turn straw from local farms into power.

Paul Robinson, general manager at Worksop Galvanizing, said: “We are delighted to have worked on this project, which truly demonstrates the concept of renewable energy.

“Not only is the plant set to significantly reduce carbon emissions, ash created from burning the straw will be recycled and turned into fertiliser for use on local farms.

“We are increasingly being called upon to work with customers on renewable energy projects and it is fantastic that firms are playing an active role in finding sustainable energy sources.”