A new £10 million forge in Wadsley Bridge in Sheffield could be the first in the country to be powered by green energy, with work due to start on the site in three months and the forge itself to be fully operational in 2019.
Abbey Forged Products has now been granted planning permission for the site on Beeley Wood Lane, the Star reports, with a biomass power station and anaerobic digestion plant to be featured.
Power will be generated from food waste and the facility will be able to process up to 65,000 tonnes of biodegradable material every year. Jackie Neale, managing director of the company, was quoted by the news source as saying: “It’s a big moment, we’ve been working on the planning element alone for more than a year. This is about expanding our capabilities. We could have hired the press work in, but if people don’t think you have the capability they won’t come to you.”
Abbey Forged Products itself has more than 30 years’ experience in forging and is recognised as specialists in the creation of bespoke products using both modern and traditional techniques.
Green energy is increasingly being prioritised by businesses, government and the general public. A recent Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index from EY revealed in May that the UK has once again returned to the top ten list of places around the world that are best for investment in renewable energy. It climbed from 14th place in 2016 to reach number ten on the list now.
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