Helius Energy receives Scottish Green Energy award

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted Dec. 10, 2008 at 4:15 p.m. CST

United Kingdom-based Helius Energy PLC was named the Best Environmental Initiative at the seventh annual Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Dec. 4.

The awards recognize businesses and individuals who have played a key part in helping reduce Scotland's carbon footprint.

Helius Energy received the award for a small-scale combined heat and power biomass plant, which it's constructing under an agreement with The Combination of Rothes Distillers Ltd. in Morayshire, Scotland.

The 7.2 megawatt plant will be collocated with The Combination of Rothes Distillers' existing whisky distillery, and will turn "pot ale," the liquid coproduct of whisky production, into a concentrated organic fertiliser for use by local farmers.

Fired on pot ale and woodchips, the facility will generate enough electricity to power 9,000 homes. It will also provide its own heat, and relieve The Combination of Rothes Distillers of its current dependence on fossil fuels.

A Helius Energy spokesman said the plant is currently going through the planning process. "Once all necessary permissions have been obtained, the plant is expected to take some 18 to24 months to construct," he said.

In October, Helius Energy announced it has signed an option to lease agreement for an 18-acre site located within Avonmouth Dock along Great Britain's Bristol Channel, which may be the future location of a proposed 100-megawatt biomass power plant. Read "Helius Energy secures biomass plant location."