A large chemical plant in the British west midlands has been fitted with a brand new energy system which has cut its CO2 output by over a third.

The Solvay chemical plant at Oldbury near Dudley is to benefit from a combined heat and power facility that is set to reduce its annual energy bill by 20 per cent.
Solvay chemical plant
Adrian Bailey MP said: “This is a great example of the way in which cogeneration technology can be harnessed to not only reduce a company’s carbon footprint, but also save money on energy costs.”

Jean-François Berthiaume, site director at Solvay, said: “The new cogeneration system, which took 18 months to complete, will be a huge asset to the site, enabling us to significantly reduce our impact on the environment and to be more self-sufficient in terms of energy production.”

The new system comprises a diesel engine, combustion boiler and a hot water network. The diesel engine runs on natural gas and drives a generator that makes electricity.

In addition to reducing energy costs by producing power on-site, the cogeneration unit reduces emissions compared to conventional electrical generators and onsite boilers.