A pioneering green energy company is launching a new power station to generate safe, clean renewable electricity using a bioliquid recovered from waste cooking oil.

REG Bio-Power will formally unveil its 2MW Leeds North plant on Friday October 14 and the ground-breaking technology installed will help provide back-up power for the National Grid.

The £1.1m plant, along with its sister site in Suffolk, will be called upon by the National Grid to supply electricity to meet unexpected power demand at short notice.

Leeds North is capable of generating green electricity to help keep the country’s lights on via instantaneous remote start-up.

How it works

1. REG Bio-Power’s processing arm – Living Fuels – collects waste cooking oil from over 400 local authority recycling sites, schools and prisons around the UK.
2. This oil is then converted into our patented bioliquid – LF100 – through a 100% natural filtration process completely free from additives.
3. LF100 is then used to fuel power stations like Leeds North to generate renewable electricity.
Ian Collins, REG Bio-Power’s Managing Director, said: “Recovering waste cooking oil to create electricity is incredibly good for the environment. Not only are our sites producing much-needed renewable energy, but anyone who recycles their waste cooking oil is also helping cut the UK taxpayer’s £15m bill for repairing drains clogged with fat caused when oil is tipped down the sink.

“So to water companies, waste cooking oil is a nightmare, but to REG Bio-Power it is an environmentally friendly fuel. Our patented bioliquid LF100 has now clocked up over 60,000 hours of electricity generation across our existing engines.

“We are delighted to be supporting local efforts to create a clean, green environment and look forward to generating safe renewable power to meet the UK’s needs.”

Fabian Hamilton, MP for Leeds North said: “Every unit of power generated from renewable sources displaces energy that would otherwise come from less sustainable fossil fuels.

“This form of renewable energy generation also makes good use of a waste product so I am particularly pleased that Leeds is playing host to this technology.”