Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Newark’s SHARC Energy Systems to provide green energy to leather manufacturer

A leather manufacturer has signed a deal to take its energy supply from the Dalmarnock district heating scheme being developed in Glasgow by Nottinghamshire renewables firm SHARC Energy Systems.

Andrew Muirhead & Son Limited, which has an established production facility in the Dalmarnock area of the city, adjacent to the new SHARC Energy Centre, has signed up to SHARC’s innovative and cost-effective heat supply agreement. It is the first customer of the new district heating scheme SHARC is constructing as part of the wider Clyde Gateway development.

SHARC has a network user agreement with Scottish Water Horizons, which allows them access to all of Scotland’s sewer systems, enabling them to develop other systems of this kind elsewhere in Scotland.

Russ Burton, the Chief Operating Officer of SHARC Energy Systems, said: “We are delighted that Andrew Muirhead & Son has agreed to support our project in this way and we hope to build on the collaborative relationship we have formed over the last few months.

“We expect to build the heat consumption profile over the first few years and make a significant contribution to the carbon reduction targets Muirhead have established for themselves.”

Andrew Muirhead & Son has been operating in the Dalmarnock area since 1840 and employs more than 100 staff in its factory in Dunn Street. It is part of the Scottish Leather Group and along with its sister company Bridge of Weir Leather Company treats sustainability as a high priority.

Dr Warren Bowden, Scottish Leather Group Sustainability and Innovation Director said: “We’re delighted to be involved at an early stage in this exciting project which will assist Andrew Muirhead & Son to secure the next step in it’s journey toward fully sustaianble leather manufacture.”

The design of the Dalmarnock Energy Centre, has been developed to incorporate the wider SHARC operating headquarters in Scotland incorporating an operations and control centre to manage the remote monitoring service for the wider SHARC installations under construction across Scotland.

Once constructed the SHARC Energy Centre will provide capacity to extend the heat distribution network to other buildings to be constructed on the site. The ambition of the project is to provide a fully independent community energy scheme, that supports the onsite customers and embeds SHARC as the preferred energy technology for this and the wider Clyde Gateway development programme.

Russ added that he was “very pleased” to be supporting Clyde Gateway’s ambitions.

He said: “Having established the viability of our technology and business solution as a method for developing a low carbon / renewable district heating solution, we are delighted to be nearing financial close on the development of the project, which is also supported by the Scottish government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.”

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