LCH Case Study: 2bm

www.2bm.co.uk

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Background

2bm is an award-winning provider of innovative data centre management solutions. data_centre_image

They help organisations improve the efficiency and reliability of their data centre operations and are well known for their forward-thinking approach. Clients include GE, The University of Warwick, IBM, Fife Council, Vision Express, Nottingham City Council and Dudley NHS.

Since their establishment in 2002 they have gone from strength to strength and have the awards to prove it. One of the most momentous and award-winning data centre design and build projects was 2bm’s state-of-the-art NAHPC data centre in partnership with Digital Realty that scooped two DataCenter Dynamics North America 2014 Awards and one Data Centre Solutions 2015 Award:

• The Green Data Centre, DCD 2014
• Innovation in the Medium Data Centre, DCD 2014
• International Data Centre Design/ Build Supplier, DCS 2015

Low Carbon Hub Input from NetPositive Ltd

Jerome Baddley (former) NetPositive CEO applied and secured ERDF funding from the Future Factory to produce a detailed technical report on the potential designs for low carbon data centres.

This report was then used to apply for Innovate UK funding with Rolls Royce and Liverpool University.

Outcomes

Unfortunately the Innovate UK bid was unsuccessful however Jerome still put the findings of the report to good use and gave 2bm national exposure in The Environmentalist with an article titled ‘Low-carbon datacentres’; the article also featured on 2bm’s blog.

In addition 2bm is now a member of Investors in the Environment (iiE), a local Environmental Management programme set up by NetPositive in 2014. 2bm is working towards their Green accreditation, the highest level possible. iiE provides businesses with a framework to help them cut their carbon emissions and costs year on year.

“Improving the efficiency of a data centre is central to every project 2bm undertakes.The support we have received from Netpositive has helped raise awareness of the need for low carbon data centres; significant as newly released statistics state that data centres are responsible for 17% of the entire carbon footprint created by the technology industry.” Jerry Skinner, General Manager

LCH Case Study: BioDynamic UK

www.biodynamicuk.com

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As Nottingham’s first and only food waste AD, BioDynamic is aiming to put the East Midlands firmly on the map. With ambitious expansion plans we hope to create more energy and more jobs for the local community now and for future generations.Bio_dynamic_food_waste

Background

BioDynamic is based in Colwick and operate one of the UK’s largest food waste anaerobic digestors in the UK. This technology converts food waste into biogas which is used to generate on-site electricity, it also produces fertiliser products.

Anaerobic digestion means that waste is diverted from landfill completely, and therefore reduces the release of methane.

BioDynamic is surrounded by well-known waste companies, such as Biffa, Wastecycle plus various food processing plants. These companies are encouraged to send their food waste to BioDynamic to help them lower their carbon footprint and put them on the right road to becoming zero waste to landfill organisations. BioDynamic aim to be a zero waste to landfill site in the near future.

BioDynamic currently converts up to 50,000 cubic metres of food waste per annum. Most of this waste comes from retail and hospitality businesses and consists mainly of out of date food – they alsoreceive organic waste from food processing plants.

The electricity they produce is enough to power around 2,000 homes, with plans underway to expand to reach a capacity to power 6,000 homes.

Low Carbon Hub Input from Inntropy

BioDynamic are keen to increase their energy efficiency. To help drive this forward they submitted a bid to Innovate UK. The bid is for a study and full scale implementation of technologies to improve the efficiency and throughput of the anaerobic reactor by improving the management and recycling of the digested solid wastes and process water. To ensure the bid was as strong as possible theyrequired input from a microbiologist. Nick Gostick from Inntropy met with BioDynamic’s Technical Director and provided the expert knowledge they needed.

Outcomes

BioDynamic are still waiting to hear if their Innovate UK bid has been successful.  In the mean time BioDynamic have plans to develop and expand. The River Trent and nearby railway line offer the potential to bring waste to the plant by barge or train – they can also use these transport links to remove organic fertiliser.

“It is very useful to access free, specialist knowledge that we do not have in house. Nick provided the missing piece to our bid which no doubt would have strengthened it. We are always striving to lower our impact on the environment and by concentrating on our internal operations we are will be able to do just that, we feel positive about this bid.” Gary Burgess, Technical Director

LCH Case Study: Evolve Growing Solutions

www.evolvegrowingsolutions.co.uk

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Evolve Growing Solutions is a partnership of horticultural, architectural and technology development expertise, focused on developing sustainable solutions to global food production issues.

Background

GreenhouseEvolve Growing Solutions is made up of academics, a scientist, a marketeer, an award winning accountant and the Chair of the UK’s Cucumber Growers Association – that’s a lot of expertise for a three person team. Intrigued to learn more? Visit their Team page.

This small, but mighty team develop new technologies to make food production more sustainable. They believe what is good for plants is good for humans and are always working on projects that are both good for ecosystems, and societies. They work all over the world and make what may seem like the impossible, possible. Their Qatar Sahara Forest Project did just that, the team created re-vegetation and green jobs through the profitable production of food,
water, clean electricity and biomass in desert areas.

Low Carbon Hub Input – Inntropy

Evolve Growing Solutions began their residency at Nottingham CleanTech Centre in 2014. During this time they have received ongoing business support as well as access to events and training.

Nick from Inntropy has given Philip Lee business advice over the last year and introduced him to Nathalia Prieto who is now working with Evolve to help secure an Innovate UK grant for an advanced modular ETFE roof instillation system called RIPE (Rapid Instillation Process for ETFE) to enable mass adoption of the most advanced glazing in horticulture.

Outcomes

Evolve are still waiting to hear the outcome of the Innovate UK bid. In the mean time they have received some fantastic news. They are a key partner in The Maldives largest agricultural project.

As designers, project managers, growing partners and raisers of investment funding, Evolve will play a key role in this $10 million project. The project will harvest crops that are rare in the Maldives such as herbs, and different types of berries, inside greenhouses. Seawater air conditioning systems, powered by solar and diesel generators, will be used to maintain the temperatures inside the greenhouses. The crops will be available to the Maldives indefinitely, thus reducing the amount of crops currently imported.

“Nick and Nathalia’s support with the bid was invaluable, we hope this leads to a successful outcome, and of course we are thrilled to be a partner in the Maldives project.” Phil Lee, Managing Director

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