Quarry's new energy company debuts at world's biggest sector event

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jul 2018

The newly formed company created on the back of Singleton Birch's acquisition of anaerobic digestion specialist PlanETB iogas UK, is exhibiting at the world’s biggest biogas event next week.

UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018 takes place in Birmingham from Wednesday, with the Melton Ross team showcasing its capabilities, including consultancy, plant servicing and maintenance.

Show attendees will be invited to talk to Birch Solutions about how it can help optimise yield, improve performance, reduce downtime and ensure smooth plant running.

Read more: Quarry expansion follows energy diversification

Charlie Bowyer, operations and biogas manager at Birch Solutions, said: “We are a new company built on the combined expertise of Singleton Birch and PlanET Biogas UK and we are offering biogas plant owners a fresh approach to services and consultancy. We are proud to bring a new standard of service to biogas plant owners, offering a range of options on a contract on project basis.

“At Singleton Birch, we have a longstanding reputation for excellence and together with PlanET Biogas - one of the world’s leading biogas technology suppliers - we are bringing this level of service to biogas plant owners and operators in the UK and around the world.

“As part of the Singleton Birch family, we’re also proud to be different. Our largest shareholder is a charitable trust set-up in memory of Katherine Martin, the wife of Lionel Martin, our founder William Singleton Birch’s grandson.  The family business helped Lionel fund his car hobby and he went on to found the Aston-Martin company which still bears his name today."

As reported, Singleton Birch bought out the company it had worked with to install and commission anaerobic digestion plants at the quarry and third party sites in Willoughton and Worlaby Top. The aim was to reduce the high energy costs associated with unearthing lime, with impressive results leading to the creation of Birch Solutions.

Read more: Singleton Birch opens second aerobic digestion plant in North Lincolnshire

The new company also encompasses Singleton Birch’s technical services division, which works in the utilities sector where lime has been used in water treatment for decades.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, which is organising the expo in partnership with the World Biogas Association, said: “Birch Solutions’ services are vital for helping to develop the wider AD and biogas industry, and we encourage visitors to the expo to visit their stand to see how they can help them get the best out of their biogas plant.”

As well as a busy exhibition hall, UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018 is the only AD event to feature a free two-day conference and seminar programme. Across more than 25 sessions, key themes such as agriculture, food waste management, funding, and biomethane for transport and heat will be debated by leading industry figures including Dr Alan Whitehead MP, UK Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Dr Oliver Quast from BEIS, Patrick Serfass of the American Biogas Council, Dr Jonathan Scurlock of the National Farmers’ Union and David Newman of the World Biogas Association.

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