A Hockwold-based energy and biofuels company, Living Fuels, has announced plans to invest almost two million pounds in capital development in East Anglia during 2010.
This comes on top of a promise to recruit at least five new team members across site management, service engineering and collections’ doubling the size of the team.
Living Fuels’ commercial manager, Daniel Gillert, explains: "We’ve been working out of Hockwold, near Thetford, for more than three years.
“In that time, we’ve grown from two people and a van to an operation which collects used cooking oil from 180 local authority recycling centres around the UK – 54 of those in East Anglia.We also collect from more than 350 schools and five prisons in the region.To date, we have recovered over 110,000 litres of used cooking oil in East Anglia.”
Living Fuels, which is part of the Renewable Energy Generation Group, has developed a recovery process which turns the used cooking oil into a fuel – LF100 – which is then used to generate electricity and heat.
“Just one litre of used cooking oil,” continues Gillert, “can generate enough electricity to power an energy-saving light bulb for 225 hours or make 240 cups of tea.If everyone in East Anglia recycled just one litre of cooking oil, then we’d be able to generate enough electricity to power over 2,000 average households for a year.”
On hearing the news of Living Fuels’ investment plans, Cllr Ian Monson, Cabinet member for Waste and Environment at Norfolk County Council, commented:
“It is really good news that this local company has been able to make such a difference to the regional (and national) recycling effort.
“Since Living Fuels started collecting used cooking oil from our recycling sites around the county, we’ve been able to prevent a large volume of oil being poured down drains or sent to landfill.
“This investment in the region is good news for Living Fuels, but even better news for the county’s recycling agenda.It is really positive that – in partnership with Living Fuels – the county can continue to offer a local solution for a waste product that used to be so difficult to dispose of.”
The company has a processing depot at Hockwold, which uses electricity and heat produced by LF100 as part of a trial, and a power station at Bentwaters, near Rendlesham, totalling a capital investment of more than three million pounds in the region to date.