Outstanding renewable energy project

Be inspired by our three finalists listed below and help to choose a winner in this category.

The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 28 November.

BCB International Ltd - FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel

A patented new Solid Bio ethanol based fuel called FireDragon which could dramatically improve health and safety in cooking and camping.

A patented new Solid Bio ethanol based fuel called FireDragon which could dramatically improve health and safety in cooking and camping.  Firedragon conserves the advantages of Ethanol but in a safer solid form. Solid ethanol has never previously been available.  This has potentially globally significant ramifications.

This product has many benefits:

  • Proven and currently in production.
  • Low/no noxious fumes given off; so good for indoor cooking.
  • Not a fossil fuel.
  • Made from dissolving & fermenting waste plant biomass material a 100% renewable fuel.
  • Will work when wet and in the wet.
  • Safer to use, store, transport & handle solid.
  • Simple to use.
  • Easy and quick to light & use a flint. Matches are expensive to use and transport, they get wet & are wasteful.
  • Improved health and safety in the camps and refugee households. Non-toxic and safe to handle.
  • FireDragon can be used as an antibacterial hand cleanser, improving hygiene before cooking and eating.
  • FireDragon gives off very little soot, smell or smoke.
  • Low risk of fire or explosion.
  • Easy, quick & initially low cost for early stages for refugee camps.
  • Low cost

Firedragon is based on truly sustainable bio ethanol and could improve health and safety during camping or outdoor/indoor activities.  Indeed, the provision of clean, efficient cooking solutions should be seen as a basic humanitarian necessity.  The innovation also has huge potential to assist in a move to carbon neutrality.

Innogy - Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm

Mynydd y Gwair onshore windfarm – contributing to Wales’ clean energy future while benefiting local communities.

Mynydd y Gwair is a 16 turbine wind farm with an installed capacity of 32.8MW. It is estimated that the wind farm can generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent needs of approximately 22,600 average homes and offset 46,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The construction has supported green jobs and will help bolster local communities for years to come through its £240,000 per annum community benefit fund.

Sustainability was at the heart of the project with the wind farm offsetting at least 46,200 tonnes of CO2 per year. Whilst the reinstatement works onsite continue, the turbines are already turning and playing an important part in helping Wales decarbonise.

Further, the associated community benefit fund is also operational. This offers grants to organisations providing services, facilities or activities that benefit the communities within the Community or Town Council areas of Llangyfelach, Pontlliw and Tircoed, Pontarddulais, Mawr, Penllergaer, Clydach and Morriston.

The fund is worth approximately £6million over the lifetime of the project and is long term sustainable funding for the community.

Egni Coop - Community owned solar

Community owned solar which is an exemplar scheme for Wales’ low-carbon, community focused energy transition

Egni Cooperative was established and registered in 2014 by Awel Aman Tawe (AAT), a community renewable energy charity in South Wales. Awel Aman Tawe has 20 years’ experience of researching, developing and delivering renewable energy projects at a local level. In 2014, Egni successfully completed solar installations on 7 sites.and by the end of 2018 the seven sites had generated 504,688 kWh, saving over 180 tonnes of carbon.

Egni has new Share Offer open now and has raised £950k of the £1.5m target for the next roll out of solar panels. Installs are currently ongoing on 9 sites with many more in the pipeline. The aim is to install 5,000 kw of solar PV on sites across Wales. This will save an estimated £8m over the next 30 years and help prevent 35,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Egni secured 40% of the total UK national FiT budget which is a remarkable achievement.

This will be the biggest rollout of rooftop solar in Welsh history. One of the fun ways Egni is publicising its share offer and action on climate change, is its Moon Mission project in Pontardawe Arts Centre. Artist-poet Emily Hinshelwood has worked with over 500 children to build a sustainable space capsule. Emily is living in the capsule in the Arts Centre for 14 days, live streaming footage from NASA’s space station. Schools and community groups are working with Emily to help create an exhibition and poem about Planet Earth. The public exhibition is on Friday 18 October, 6-8pm. Max Boyce has visited and said “Morgan the Moon lives on!…”

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