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DRD Power looking for company to trial waste energy system

21 May 2013


AN innovative system that can create electricity worth over £100,000 from waste energy has been developed in the region.


DRD Power is now looking for a company that has a by-product of hot water or steam to trial the system.


The business, based at Wilton Centre, Teesside, has developed a system that uses organic rankine cycle (ORC) technology to generate electricity from waste heat, addressing the problem faced by operators of large-scale process plants and manufacturing facilities of how to make use of the vast quantities of waste heat their processes produce. And having recently completed 3,200 hours of a successful demonstration operation at Huntsman Pigments’ manufacturing plant in Greatham, Hartlepool, DRD is now offering the unit for trial by another company.


Clive Whitbourn, director of DRD, said: “It’s now ready to move to another site and we’re keen to hear from any companies with about 50 tph hot water above 90ºC, or about 2 tph LP steam, from which they’d like to generate electricity – the system is designed to operate with either.


“It also generates electricity with zero carbon dioxide emissions. The icing on the cake is that the electricity produced is worth over £100,000 per annum.”


DRD Power is an associate of Design Research & Development Company Ltd (known as DRD Consultants) which has been based at the Wilton Centre in Redcar since 2007.


From there it manages a network of industry specialists working in the chemical and process engineering sectors. Its areas of expertise range from research and technology to advising on safety and environmental management.


DRD moves into The Wilton Centre August 2007


DRD Consultants is one of the latest companies to move into the Wilton Centre.

The company was founded in 1988 and manages a network of highly experienced industry specialists working in the chemical and process engineering sectors.

Its areas of expertise range from research and technology to advising on safety and environmental management issues.

Consultants working for the company have undertaken conceptual studies and technology evaluation as well as detailed process design and commercial studies.

They have also built up a strong track record in providing assistance for companies involved in the design and commissioning of projects and solving operational problems.

DRD consultants have acted as expert witnesses and can carry out due diligence and benchmarking studies on behalf of companies seeking to purchase new business assets.

Its consultants have worked in countries all over the world and have taken part in a number of advanced manufacturing projects.

DRD and many of its consultants have extensive experience in helping companies improve the energy efficiency of their processes by the use of innovative techniques such as ORC (organic rankine cycle) technology to produce electricity from waste heat.

Another major area of expertise is safety work and DRD can carry out safety audits and assessments on new and existing processes, as well as process hazard reviews, COMAH reports, IPPC and environmental impact assessments.












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