Europe’s first road bridge opens built entirely from recycled plastic bottles

A squad of sappers from the Royal Engineers has helped build the first road bridge in Europe to be made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.   The eco construction was made possible after an innovative Welsh company turned 50 tonnes of waste plastic into a record 90-foot thermoplastic road bridge suitable for heavy good vehicles. Start-up company Vertech Limited partnered with Dawyck Estates, specialist bridge designer Cass Hayward LLP, Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, Rutgers University’s AAMIPP Department and Axion International  with support from the Welsh Assembly Government  to make the project a reality. The bridge now spans the River Tweed at Easter Dawyck in Peeblesshire and forms part of the historic John Buchan Way. It was built off-site and assembled in just four days by a team from Glendinning Groundworks, a local Peeblesshire contractor, and 10 Field Squardron (Air Support), Royal Engineers.

MCZ at the Big Green Show in Swindon

MCZ, the well known Italian wood pellet stove and boiler manufacturer, have a stall at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon – come and see them at The Big Green Show next weekend. In additon to their usual range of life-style stoves and boilers, with Italian flare and style, it will be an opportunity to see their newly MCS accredited Red Compact 24, utility room boiler. MCS accreditation is a pre-condition of receiving the Government Incentives for Biomass installations.

Huhne to make the case for renewables

In an outspoken attack on  green economy deniers , Chris Huhne will today put the spotlight on the economic benefits to Britain of investing in green energy. He will point to more than a hundred announcements in this financial year alone that add up to almost £1.7billion in renewable energy investment and over 9,000 jobs in regions the length and breadth of the UK. Speaking at an annual conference of the renewables industry, Huhne will attack what he calls  an unholy alliance of short-termists, armchair engineers, climate sceptics and vested interests who are selling the UK economy short . Read the full story on DECC’s website.

Statement from DECC re the RHI

The regulations for the non-domestic part of the RHI have now been laid in Parliament and we are hoping to open the scheme to applications by the end of November, subject to Parliamentary approval. The DECC RHI webpage ( carries the following announcement: DECC was planning to launch the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for non-domestic generators on 30 September 2011. State aid approval is a necessary condition for the scheme to go ahead. As part of that process, the European Commission expressed concerns that the large biomass tariff was set too high.

Press release from DECC

One year to Green Deal The Energy Act has become law setting in stone the legal framework for the Green Deal, which will be launched in Autumn next year. The Green Deal will revolutionise the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes and businesses. It will help people insulate against rising energy prices, creating homes which are warmer and cheaper to run. DECC’s new  Housing Energy Fact File , published today, highlights that more than half of homes in Great Britain don’t have sufficient insulation. It shows around 50% more energy is used to heat and power homes than is used to power UK industry. It is vital, therefore, that action is taken to address home energy efficiency.  Visit the DECC website to read the Press Release in full and the details of the Energy Act.

Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to our shiny new blog page! This section of the website is intended to highlight relevant green issues; showcase our projects in progress; discuss various customer requirements and generally update you on life here at Wessex  Biomass.  As such, should there be a particular issue that you would like us to investigate and write about, then please do not hesitate to email us and we will do our very best to oblige! During the coming weeks and months, Peregrine, Steve and I all intend to contribute to this page.  As we are involved in different areas of the business and have very different personalities and  voices  this should bring a varied and eclectic style and tone to our blogging. As I write, many of us will have already marked that well known start to the winter season, by turning on our central heating systems and speculating on what the cost of heating oil or LPG will reach by Christmas. I am, however, enjoying the considerable heat and comfort of our MCZ Face Air wood pellet stove, from my desk in the office and, eagerly anticipating being in a position to do the same in our house, just as soon as a team of Wessex Biomass installers becomes available to fit the newly accredited MCZ RED Compact 24 for me!   My only issue with the stove in the office is that I keep tripping over the curled up and sloth-like dogs snoring in front of it, when filling the hopper  it’s a dog’s life! Angie Nicholls