Ultra Green plans to create world's largest green engineering conglomerate

With a growing base of engineers specializing in low-carbon technologies Ultra Green announces an ambitious expansion plan to market new energy technologies.

01/27/2010


Brighton, U.K.-based Ultra Green has spent much ofthe last decade recruiting scientists and engineers working on a wide varietyof low-carbon innovations and, according to executive chairman Antony Blakey,the company is now poised to significantly ramp up its operations as it looksto take a range of low-carbon construction, biofuel, and alternative energytechnologies to market.

"We currently have around 100 people working across five divisions, but weare now negotiating $2 billion worth of contracts and, as projects get underway,we will end up employing over 1,000 people by the end of the year," Blakeysaid.
 
The company holds patents across a wide range of different clean technologies,including biomass and waste-to-energy systems, energy-efficient constructionmaterials, and biofuel development, as well as systems for enhancing theefficiency of oil extraction from existing wells.
 
One area Blakey is particularly optimistic about is the company's plans for newlow-carbon building developments that use advanced insulated concrete forms(ICF) construction materials to enhance the building's energyefficiency. "ICF foam insulation has been used inbuilding's walls for years, but our plan is to begin using it in a building'sfoundations and roof to create a completely sealed structure at much lower costthan existing approaches," he said.

He added that the approach would reduce the energy demand from a building tosuch a level that a community could effectively be powered by simply feedingthe waste it generates into a small-scale waste-to-energy system also providedby Ultra Green.

Although the company has yet to embark on such a full-scale constructionproject, Blakey says the company is in talks with the government of Northern Ireland, as well as authorities in the U.S. and Brazil, about building a pilotdevelopment and is aiming to get work underway on its first construction projectwithin the next 12 to 15 months. The company is also said to be in negotiationswith the Glasgow, Scotland, council about deploying awaste-to-energy system that promises to avoid the need to send any waste toa landfill.

Access other ControlEngineering content related to green/sustainableengineering:

 

- Edited by David Greenfield , editorial director
Control Engineering Sustainable Engineering
News Desk





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.