Novalux Energy are a business based in South Wales. In 2017 they completed the installation of a small scale CHP site. Based in Ystrad Mynach, Wales, the site is composed of two waste wood biomass boilers each linked to an Organic Rankine Cycle unit. The system generates a total of 2MWth and 130kWe.
- The plant has created jobs for 20 employees in the supply chain and one full time engineer on site
- OFGEM sustainability criteria and WID compliance have been met
- Novalux benefits from 20 years of government incentives through the RHI scheme and ROCs
Improving Biomass Sustainability
The boilers are fuelled by waste wood which is delivered from a local recycling centre. As waste wood has large amounts of foreign materials, the boilers have been designed by Novalux with ceramic filters and augerless technology to allow debris to be passed from fuel store to ash box without causing damage, or excess emissions. Attached ORC’s give fuss free access to power generated solely from excess biomass heat.
Cost: £2 million
- Cheap heat & power
- 100% of energy used
- Benefiting 20 local businesses
Novalux started over 6 years ago and have now been able to transition from installer to an owner- operator model. Our CHP system uses 100% of heat and power created on site. In contrast, centralised power production in the UK is extremely inefficient, wasting any heat generated through cooling towers. In addition to increased efficiency, the goal of the project was to provide a sustainable and profitable solution to heat and power industrial properties. Novalux has installed a free heating system for all tenants within the industrial estate, giving them access to cheap heat and power. Our mission is to create a more efficient and attainable approach to sustainable energy. This model aligns with our expectations and proves the benefits of small scale CHP. With a long term income stream we are now able to replicate the project nationwide.