TBAT client Lindhurst Engineering’s continued success

TBAT’s client, Lindhurst Engineering, based just outside Nottingham, received grant funding of just over £400,000 in 2012 through the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) scheme run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

This project focused on the development of a new microbial fuel cell system for turning waste food and drink products into energy, heating and fuel. Martin Rigley, Director at Lindhurst Engineering, commented on our assistance: “TBAT were essential in assisting the company to progress a new concept into a successful grant application. This in turn decreased the time to market and development risks associated with a new product. Applications of this size are extremely complex and the company has neither the time nor expertise to complete thoroughly.”

This funding was a combination of UK government Innovate UK (formally the Technology Strategy Board) smart and collaborative R&D grants plus regional grant funding from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Following this success, Lindhurst Engineering then worked with us on an H2020 SME Instrument application taking the anaerobic digestion concepts further, proving it could also handle cow and milk waste and using the byproduct biomethane as well as the digestant. Lindhurst was awarded €2.1m in November 2015.

2017 sees Lindhurst Engineering teaming up with Nottingham University, creating an innovative scheme that is believed to be a first for UK brewing and only the seventh of its kind for any industry in the world.

The scheme is called H2AD Micro AD, consisting of a self-contained, anaerobic digester that has been installed at the well known and loved Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham. The scheme intends to reduce the firm’s energy bills by up to 70 per cent by converting waste from its brewing operations into energy and cleaner waste water. The methane biogas produced will be returned to Castle Rock to help in the energy-intensive start to the beer-making process or converted into electricity.

The machine, is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, consisting of a self-contained digester, with ancillary plumbing and by-product handling.

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