South Yorkshire energy centre proposal

An artist's impression of a building similar to the new energy centre proposed in Rotherham
An artist's impression of a building similar to the new energy centre proposed in Rotherham
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South Yorkshire businesses could soon be using sustainable, local energy, as plans for a new clean-technology centre are drawn-up.

Distributed energy development company, Rolton Kilbride, is currently preparing a planning application to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to develop the clean-tech energy centre at the site of the former Temple Borough Steel Works.

Energy would be generated from non-recyclable waste and would provide sustainable power at a lower rate to large local commercial energy users, bringing down the cost of doing business in the area.

It would also offer a sustainable and predictable energy source, support the local economy and create local jobs.

The project is a collaboration between the site owners and energy specialists Rolton Kilbride, who have been brought in to develop and manage the site.

The site has been identified as an ideal location, sitting within an existing industrial site. Proposals will be designed to minimise movement of vehicles as much as possible.

The centre would use a modern process called gasification, where non-recyclable waste is baked, rather than burned. The result would be much cleaner power and heat.

Over the coming months, a variety of meetings, forums and online consultations will ensure that there are opportunities to find out more about the proposed energy centre.

This consultation will include potential timings, job opportunities and commercial benefits, as well as providing an opportunity for the public to share their views on the proposal.

If planning permission is granted the energy centre could become operational in approximately three years.

Andrew Needham, Managing Director of Rolton Kilbride, said: “Creating secure, predictable and sustainable off-grid energy sources is front of mind for many people, and this project has the potential to do just that in Rotherham.”