Training in Energy & Fuels from Waste:
Stopford Energy and Environment have been awarded a contract from Lancaster University to develop and deliver a post-graduate certificate training programme in Energy and Fuels from Waste. The course to be delivered in Spring 2011 will comprise of three specific modules, each to be delivered over three days, and will provide delegates with a comprehensive overview of the financial, technical, operational and regulatory aspects of the industry. This training provision will be invaluable to both new entrants and experienced practitioners wishing to broaden their understanding of the sector.
Envirolink Recycling and Waste Consultants:
Envirolink Northwest has appointed Stopford as an approved consultant to deliver consultancy and R&D services to support their Recycling and Waste Consultancy Project. The project mission is “to support the sector in the development of technology and markets to increase growth in the sector, to divert waste from landfill and to reduce carbon emissions”. The project will run for three years and Stopford will provide support in R&D, technology commericialisation, product testing and process design and engineering.
Stopford is proud to have sponsored an award at the Prestigious IChemE awards for the third successive year – November 2010
This year Stopford Projects sponsored the Innovative Product of the Year award which recognises the best product originating for the process industries demonstrating both innovation and technical, commercial , safety and/or environmental benefit. Stopford Projects and Guests were at the award ceremony in Manchester, where Process Engineering Manager, Neil Thompson, presented the Innovative Product of the Year 2010 award to Oxford Catalysts Group, for their microchannel reactor for distributed production of biofuels and flare gas minimisation. Stopford Projects were also shortlisted for the Health and Safety Award, for the application of Process Industry Safety techniques in Waste to Energy plant design.
Stopford again sponsoring an award at this years IChemE awards – 05 August 2010
Stopford are sponsoring the 2010 IChemE award for innovative product of the year. This years IChemE awards is being hosted at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, UK. With the deadline for enteries closed on the 30th July the shortlists are now being drawn up and will be published late August / Early September. For more information about Stopfords sponsorship (Read More), to find more information about the 17th annual IChemE awards you can visit the main site.
Stopford’s development of a new Post-Graduate Certificate (PG-Cert) in Fuel and Energy Generation from Waste gathers pace – 7th June 2010
A recent steering group meeting held at Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), brought together contributors from Orchid Environmental, The Environmental Sustainability KTN, AW Jenkinson, Viridor, United Utilities, Reaseheath College and the North West Universities Association, as well as project partners Stopford, Peak Associates and Lancaster University. These organisations are in good company – the course now boasts input from 20 different organisations with a strong NW bias.
Those attending the meeting welcomed a proposed structural change to the course which now features modules on Feedstocks & Technologies, Project Management and Environmental Management, thus broadening the course’s already considerable appeal. Course content was discussed in detail, and a framework for quality assurance and assessment was put in place. Potential additional contributors were also identified. Over the next few months, contributors will work on their individual presentations and assemble a portfolio of supplementary information, enabling registered students on the course to maximise their learning.
Marketing material, featuring logos of all contributing organisations is currently being prepared – it is anticipated that this will be ready in time for the Futuresource conference being held in London in mid-June. A website, containing a course outline, pen-profiles of all presenters plus registration information will be launched simultaneously.
There are still one-or-two slots available to contributors on the course; for example, we are currently looking for an experienced practitioner to present on the ‘management of gaseous emissions from energy from waste plants’ and would welcome expressions of interest in this area. For more information on this vacancy, or on any other aspect of the course, please direct all enquiries to Stopford’s course director, Sean Hayward, via: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mechanical Department Manager Accouncement – 1st April 2010
We hope you will join us in congratulating Shem Harper on becoming the new Manager of the Stopford Mechanical Department. Shem has been tasked with managing and further developing the currently existing team. We would also like to welcome David Flaxington, who joins us as a Senior Mechanical Engineer bringing with him extensive knowledge in power generation and turbine machinery to enhance our expertise in waste to energy, biomass and CHP gasification plants Stopford’s Mechanical Engineering Department is a key part of Stopford’s commitment to becoming the preferred engineering, turn-key solutions provider for our clients by providing expert mechanical engineering support to our multi-discipline projects. The department still works particularly closely with the process and piping departments on areas such as plant layouts, pressure systems, detailed material and equipment specifications, stress analysis, vessel design and ATEX/DSEAR mechanical risk assessments. In addition to supporting our multi-discipline projects we serve our client base with project specific mechanical engineering expertise.
Stopford launches Innovate 10
Do you have an idea for a new environmental technology? Stopford have recently launched Innovate ’10 their annual green technology competition. The winner of the competition will receive £10,000 worth of free consultancy support to assist in the development and commercialisation of a novel environmental technology. We are delighted to have Envirolink Northwest on board as sponsors of the competition and the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network have kindly offered to support this year’s event. To find out more about Innovate ’10 and how to enter please visit the Innovate webpage: www.stopford.co.uk/stopford_old/innovate
Stopford secure two feasability study projects from the Technology Strategy Board.
Stopford have been successful in securing two feasibility study projects from the Technology Strategy Board under the recent Carbon Abatement Technology Competition. The projects will explore the technical feasibility of using a novel combustion regime to allow electricity to be produced from synthetic gas in highly efficient gas turbines and the feasibility of using highly efficient microwave induced plasma for advanced gasification technologies.
Stopford Sponsored ‘The IChemE Innovation and excellence award in Health & Safety’ – 3rd November 2009
The annual IChemE awards this year were held on November the 3rd in York. Stopford attended the awards ceremony as sponsors of the award for ‘Innovation and excellence in Health & Safety’. The award recognises the organisation that has best shown exemplary performance in developing a technology to identify, assess, manage and control risks or that has collaborated most effectively with government, industry or society to build a common understanding of risk.
The award was given to Anglo American, for their Safety Risk Management Programme. The programme focussed on institutionalising Safety Risk Management across the company by educating over 3000 supervisors and managers in a mining industry risk management programme.
TSB Carbon Abatement Technology Competition Success – Sept 09
Stopford have been successful in securing two feasibility study projects from the Technology Strategy Board under the recent Carbon Abatement Technology Competition. The first project will be delivered in partnership with Leeds University and will investigate “the technical feasibility of using a novel combustion regime to allow electricity to be produced from synthetic gas in highly efficient gas turbines”. The second project will be conducted in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University and will investigate “the feasibility of using highly efficient microwave induced plasma for advanced gasification technologies”.
Stopford promote science and engineering to school students – Sept 09
Stopford will be welcoming a group of students from Upton-by-Chester High School into their offices at Ellesmere Port in October as part of the Chemicals Northwest CoSI (P2I) Scheme. This is an innovative one day event designed to improve students’ perceptions of the science, engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The CoSI (P2I) Scheme provides an opportunity for a small group of able, articulate post-16 students to better understand the way in which an industry operates as a business and the excitement and challenges for its employees.
Stopford Awarded Green Fuel Characterisation Contract – Aug 09
Stopford has been awarded a research and development contract to undertake a fuel characterisation study for a regional manufacturer of recycled cardboard briquettes. The study will assess the performance of the briquettes as a “green” fuel and will compare the physical/chemical properties of the briquettes to that of existing feedstocks. The project will encompass a suite of analytical tests including, calorific value, moisture content, ash content and elemental analysis (C,N,H,& Cl). This project highlights Stopford’s emerging capability in specialist waste and fuel characterisation studies.
Envirolink Recycling and Waste Consultants – Jul 09
Envirolink Northwest has appointed Stopford as an approved consultant to deliver consultancy and R &D services to support their Recycling and Waste Consultancy Project. The project mission is “to support the sector in the development of technology and markets to increase growth in the sector, to divert waste from landfill and to reduce carbon emissions”. The project will run for three years and Stopford will provide support in R&D, technology commericialisation, product testing and process design and engineering.
Stopford Recognised as a Successful Exporter of Green Technologies – Jul 09
Stopford have been identified by Lancashire Business View, a regional publication for commerce and industry, as one of the region’s successful exporters of environmental technologies. The full article can be viewed here.
Green Energy Technology UK Ltd – Jun 09
Stopford would like to announce the launch of Green Energy Technology (UK) Ltd. Green Energy Technology is a joint venture company between Stopford and our strategic partner Octagon Consolidated Bhd. The partnership aims to market novel environmental technologies, developed by both companies, in Europe. Green Energy Technology’s Head Office will be located alongside Stopford’s R&D office in the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.
Stopford to Exhibit at Teesside IChemE Safety Event
Stopford are to exhibit at the Safety Compliance Roadshow for the Process Industries, at Wynyard Park, Billingham on Wednesday 10th June. Presenters from Teesside companies such as Artenius, ABB, Johnson Matthey plus both The Cleveland Emergency Planning unit and the Health & Safety Executive will give their input and insights into various compliance matters. Whilst not presenting ourselves, Stopford will man a stand showcasing our capabilities with regard to Safety, Health and Environment. This is the first of three IChemE events supported by Stopford in 2009. We are also sponsoring the IChemE Health and Safety award at York in November and are represented at Hazards XXI; Process Safety and Environmental Protection, at Manchester in November.
Sustainability Live 2009 – May 09
Stopford exhibited at Sustainability Live 2009 on 19th -21st May. The three-day annual exhibition focussed on the promotion of innovation within the environment, energy, water and land remediation sectors. This year the event hosted around 400 exhibitors and approximately 8000 visitors attended. Furthermore the Stopford team attended a number of meetings with overseas clients at the UKTI “Meet the Buyer” Event.
Stopford Sponsor Local Football Team
Stopford Projects are proud to be shirt sponsors of a local football team, The Penny Black, who play in the Stockton Sunday league. The Penny Black were recently runners-up in the John Jackson Memorial Cup, held at the ground of Norton & Stockton Ancients, themselves founder members of the second-oldest football league in the world. The game, held on the sunny evening of 15th May, was played in a good spirit, with Mandale FC worthy 5-1 winners. The Penny Black’s goal was scored with the last kick of the ball by Neil Brett. The Stopford shirt logo will be worn on the Penny Black’s shirts for the forthcoming season starting in September.
Stopford Pass ISOQAR QA Audit
Stopford are pleased to report that they passed their external ISOQAR QA audit with no reported non conformances. For the past two years we have received zero major and minor non conformances in a row. This is the last audit carried out under ISO 9001:2000 and as of next year Stopford will be audited against ISO 9001:2008. Full details of of audit results can be viewed here.
Stopford Present at Environmental Technologies Waste Management Seminar in Istanbul – Apr 09
Stopford’s R&D Manager, Dr. Ben Herbert, was invited to be an expert speaker at the Environmental Technologies Waste Management Seminar at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce on 20th April. The event was attended by senior representatives from Turkey’s Municipalities, Investment Groups, Universities, Waste Management Companies, Consultants and Regulators.
Stopford’s Overseas Activities Recognised By UKTI – Apr 09
Stopford has been recognised by UK Trade & Investment as being part of a network of SMEs based at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, that prove that firms don’t have to be too big to export. Read More
Renewable Energy and Nuclear Department – Apr 09
Stopford is pleased to announce that Gavin Colls has been made an Associate Director of the company . Gavin will lead the new Renewable Energy and Nuclear department.
Stopford Charity Night – Mar – 09
Stopford Projects is pleased to announce that the company held a charity night in March of this year for Comic Relief. The night included a DVD horse race, raffle and a charity auction supported by local and regional companies through the donation of tickets to events and gifts. The night was a great success and we raised £1,384.20!
Stopford Awarded Research and Development Grant – Jan 09
Stopford Projects Ltd have been awarded a Research and Development grant from Envirolink Northwest. The grant will fund research to assess the suitability of different sources of Pulverised Fuel Ash for use in a novel micro-encapsulation ultrasonic process for the treatment of automotive paint waste. It is estimated that the UK automotive industry produces some 1125 tonnes of paint waste per year solely from car production. The paint waste often contains toxic substances including heavy metals and is therefore classified as hazardous waste requiring specialist disposal via licensed waste contractors. The development of a treatment technology that can process automotive paint waste would present industry with a novel method for reducing both waste disposal costs and the environmental impact of the paintshop.
World Future Energy Summit 2009 (19-21 January)
Stopford will be exhibiting at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in January 2009. The 3-day event is the world’s largest conference and exhibition on renewable and future energy solutions, innovations, policy and vision. The exhibtion is expected to attract some 15,000 industry professionals spanning Goverment Ministers, World Leaders, Specialist Technology Providers and R&D houses.