Monsal reference base expansion continues with Tamar Energy order

Written by admin on August 15th, 2013

Monsal provide complete advanced digestion technology platform to Tamar Energy

Monsal reference base expansion continues with Tamar Energy order

Monsal, the UKs leading advanced digestion specialist has secured a major order with Tamar Energy to provide the complete technology package for the 45,000 Tonne, 2 MWe Halstead food waste digestion project.

The food waste digestion plant incorporates a complete technology package from Monsal including:

  • Waste reception equipment
  • Waste de-packaging equipment
  • Hydrolysis plant
  • Pasteurisation plant
  • Anaerobic digestion with Monsal SGM mixing technology
  • Biogas management system
  • Digestate management system
  • Odour extraction and treatment technology

Tamar Energy is a specialist renewable energy business that focuses solely on Anaerobic Digestion (AD). Tamar Energy has a stated long-term aim of building a UK network of 40 AD plants and producing 100MW of renewable base-load electricity by 2018.

Monsal’s Managing Director, Aidan Cumiskey, said “Monsal is working with Tamar Energy on its first investment phase after an extensive due diligence process. Tamar Energy can take advantage of our unparalleled track record on food waste digestion to get high quality assets at a competitive investment cost. We are very pleased to support Tamar Energy’s development programme on this and future projects.”

The project is already off to a fast start construction programme, led by Principal Contractor, Barhale Construction.

The new AD plant will be situated on land adjacent to the Bluebridge Industrial Estate in Halstead, Essex. Construction began on 24 June 2013 and is expected to last for approximately 12 months, with the finished plant estimated to create five full-time jobs once operational.

Thomas Burgess, delivery project manager for Tamar Energy’s Halstead facility, explained,

“Tamar Energy will take organic waste from the local area and ensure it is treated in the way which provides the greatest benefits – as a renewable energy source.  The new facility will have the capacity to meet the electricity demands of around 5,000 homes each year, create new jobs and offer an environmental improvement to current organic waste management practices.”

The project delivery team includes Monsal and Barhale working with existing suppliers Clarke Energy to deliver fast track high quality AD infrastructure. The Halstead project will incorporate Jenbacher CHP engines with a total electrical output of 2MW.

“One of the significant challenges on this project is programme. Using our standard technology templates with a specialist construction contractor means we can deliver an accelerated programme” said Aidan Cumiskey.

Delivery of such fast track projects relies on efficient collaboration between all parties, and the integration of Barhale, Monsal and Royal Haskoning has led to a strong multiskilled team and proven to be successful in delivering certainty of delivery for Tamar Energy.

About Monsal:

Today Monsal is the Advanced Digestion technology supplier of choice for major AD infrastructure projects in the water and waste markets. Monsal offers a complete technology package to leading utilities, waste management companies and energy developers. Monsal are a privately owned and private equity backed business.

About Tamar Energy:

Tamar Energy is a renewable energy business with an aim to be the UK’s leading developer and operator of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants. By 2018, Tamar Energy proposed to have a network of more than 40 AD plants around the UK, creating enough renewable energy for more than 200,000 homes through the cost-effective, sustainable treatment of organic waste.

About Barhale:

Barhale plc is one of the largest privately owned infrastructure specialists in the UK.  Barhale works UK-wide across the water, transport and energy sectors providing design, construction and maintenance services under long-term contracts, with blue-chip public, regulated and private clients.  The company employs over 800 people in the UK and has an annual turnover of £150m.


Monsal wins technical innovation award at ADBA

Written by admin on July 5th, 2013
Monsal – lucky 13 – award winners at ADBA

Monsal – lucky 13 – award winners at ADBA

Monsal are delighted to announce they have won the innovation award at ADBA 2013 this week.

The award “Innovation in sewage treatment through AD” recognises our significant contribution in the application of advanced digestion technology in the UK water sector. Monsal have over 12 operational advanced digestion plants for the water utility market, processing sewage sludge and generating renewable energy from biogas.

The Monsal technology is the most energy efficient on the market , generating high net renewable energy with low parasitic power consumption. Heat is recovered in the Monsal process to provide the parasitic heat for hydrolysis and pasteurisation – meaning no biogas is diverted for heat demand.

Monsal managing director Aidan Cumiskey commented – “The Monsal advanced digestion process is incorporated at a number of very large digestion facilities including Avonmouth (Bristol) and Great Billing (Northampton) – both over 1.3M population equivalent. On the Avonmouth site, the Monsal process generates high biogas yields so that the whole site is now self sufficient in energy – this is the only site in the UK which is energy self sufficient generating about 4MWe from sewage sludge. “

The Monsal technology can be applied to optimise digestion capacity, increase renewable energy production and optimise the heat balance for water utility clients.


Monsal wins technical innovation award at ADBA

Monsal wins technical innovation award at ADBA


Monsal installed technology base exceeds 250,000 tonnes

Written by admin on July 1st, 2013

Monsal installed technology base exceeds 250,000 tonnes

Monsal saw new contract awards in the first 6 months of 2013 bringing committed processing capacity of food waste AD to over 250,000 in the UK, positioning Monsal as the number 1 provider of high quality food waste AD infrastructure.

250,000 tonnes of food waste is the equivalent waste from over 6,000,000 people .

Monsal now has 6 large scale food waste digestion plants in operation or construction with a number of utility and energy clients. The average plant size is 40,000 tonnes.

Over the last 3 years of operation the Monsal pre-treatment (Monsal Re:Sep) and Monsal Hydrolysis, Pasteurisation, Digestion (Monsal HPD) plant has been successfully demonstrated on a wide range of feed streams including; supermarket waste, C&I waste, source segregated local authority waste and food manufacturing slurries to name a few. The process combines the advantages of efficient separation of wastes with up to 20% packaging, robustness and low maintenance whilst maximising biogas production by pre-conditioning organics.

The Monsal technology is an award winning process generating significant benefits for its clients. Earlier on this year GENeco scooped one of the top awards for the Avonmouth Food waste treatment plant. The plant uses the Monsal technology platform to transform 40,000 tonne to renewable energy and solid digestate.

Monsal client GENeco scooped the award on March 21st this year at the WIAA 2013 event at the Hilton NEC. “Gen-eco takes top honours for its co-located food waste recycling and anaerobic digestion plant in Bristol. The judges were impressed by the concept because it the scheme uses new processes as well as maximises efficiency and suitability of a plant in an existing industrial area.”. The project was awarded the 2013 Renewable energy initiative of the year.

Monsal have supplied the complete Advanced Digestion platform for the project which uses its state-of-the art technology to convert food waste to renewable energy. It is the only plant in the country to be successfully co-located a major wastewater treatment works.

The plant was recently opened by Environment Minister David Heath MP who said “ This (plant) will take a significant amount, up to 40,000 tonnes of food waste…which is a big contribution if we see this happening all across the country then we really can get to grips with what is a very significant problem”. The plant achieved take-over over 2 months ahead of schedule.

Today Monsal is the Advanced Digestion technology supplier of choice for major AD infrastructure projects in the water and waste markets.


Monsal recruiting event at ADBA

Written by admin on June 19th, 2013

Monsal will be holding an interview day on Thursday 4th July 2013 at the UK AD & Biogas Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham.

Monsal recruiting event at ADBA


Monsal Finalist for Nottinghamshire Company of the Year Award and Excellence in Science & Technology Award

Written by admin on April 19th, 2013

Monsal finalist for Company of the Year Award and Excellence in Science and Technology Award

Monsal are delighted to announce that we have been announced as a finalist for Nottingham Post 2013 “Company of the Year” award.

Monsal is now the UK’s leading company in the provision of sophisticated organic waste to energy plants that convert waste that may otherwise be landfilled into renewable gas and energy.

It has taken the company over 5 years to develop and commercialise the technology which is now being used by waste management companies all across the UK. “We have successfully attracted significant investment to get this technology to market, which runs into millions of pounds in the recent difficult economic times and we work very closely with local suppliers and service providers who are a key part of our operation” Managing Director Aidan Cumiskey said. The success of our company in this climate demonstrates the market potential for the technology. It’s good for the region and our supply chain that we can see sustained growth ahead in these uncertain times.”

Monsal have doubled the business turnover in the last few years and the target is to double the business again in the next 3 years. That will mean increased jobs, which are high quality engineering/technology based and also increased workload for the local manufacturing sector which Monsal have traditionally relied on.

Monsal have also been shortlisted for the Excellence in Science and Technology award for the development of the Monsal Biowaste process.

The UK produces approximately 15 million tonnes of organic waste per year in the form of food waste from homes, factories, shops and restaurants.  Currently a large proportion of this waste is sent to landfill where it produces greenhouse gases.  The Nottinghamshire based Monsal are the UK’s leading supplier of Advanced Anaerobic Digestion technology and have developed an innovative process for converting unavoidable food waste from food manufacturing and kitchen scraps into a renewable ‘biogas’ which is in turn converted to electricity, heat, ‘biomethane’ or vehicle fuel.  Employing high skilled engineers from the local area, Monsal has developed a class leading process that can receive heavily packaged food waste and produce exceptionally high levels of renewable energy and a sustainable natural fertiliser (digestate).

“We want to help promote the Nottinghamshire region as a centre of excellence for Green Energy. This includes tapping into the famous engineering pedigree of the region to provide capability for the “new” economies such as Green Energy. We are excited about the future, there are not many sectors that are growing at over 10% per annum and Notts based companies like Monsal can play a leading national and international role”.

2013 has been a pivotal year for Monsal with significant commercial opportunities in UK, Europe and Asia now appearing. The company signed their 5th large project in February which will convert local food waste to energy and their 4th, a state-of the-art project in Somerset for Viridor, will treat the food waste created by over 500,000 people or twice the size of Nottingham city putting renewable energy back into the grid.


Monsal deliver at Bristol – Food waste plant opens (with video)

Written by admin on December 3rd, 2012

Defra minister David Heath (r) said the Monsal plant was a “fantastic innovation”

Bristol’s first food waste recycling plant that will produce enough renewable energy to power around 3,000 homes has officially been opened today (3 December).

The plant operated by Wessex Water subsidiary GENeco will treat 40,000 tonnes food waste from homes, supermarkets and businesses across the south west – preventing it from going to landfill. Monsal, the UKs leading Advanced digestion business provided the technology solution and completed the installation in less than 12 months. It is a UK first and will see water companies expanding their expertise into food waste processing.

Based at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth, the plant can produce 10 GWh of energy a year from biogas generated through anaerobic digestion treatment – a process in which bugs break down biodegradable material to produce methane gas.

Today (3 December) the food waste plant was officially opened by Defra minister David Heath.

He said: “We see here the ideal balance between good business sense and environmental protection.  The GENeco plant is unique by being the first food waste anaerobic plant in Britain to be built in a sewage treatment works.  Water companies using their expertise in treating sewage can provide a significant boost to the expansion of waste food anaerobic digestion in this country.

“This could potentially create thousands of new jobs, generate significant amounts of renewable energy, while solving a major environmental issue in the disposal of waste food.”

Wessex Water has operated anaerobic digestion at Bristol sewage treatment works for many years and generates around 30 GWh of renewable energy from sewage sludge and produces 250,000 tonnes of high-nutrient fertiliser which is used by farmers instead of expensive in-organic fertilisers.

The amount of energy produced allows Bristol sewage treatment works – the largest in the south west – to be carbon neutral and self-sufficient from an energy perspective, which helps to drive down operating costs – benefiting Wessex Water customers.

The GENeco food waste investment will produce even more energy which can be fed in to the national grid. GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: “The opening of the food waste plant builds on the success and experience of using anaerobic digestion to treat sewage sludge and generate power.

“Through this investment we will produce significantly more renewable energy, while also providing a sustainable solution for dealing with food waste which traditionally goes to landfill.

“Dealing with food waste in the this way is better for the environment as it prevents greenhouse gases, by capturing methane which can be used to produce power.”

It is the first time a food waste plant has been located at a sewage treatment works in the UK.  The plant was built in less than a year by technology specialist, Monsal working closely with GENeco and EPC contractor Finning UK. Monsals Managing Director Aidan Cumiskey said “ The Bristol site is now one of the most energy efficient in the country using our key technologies to convert food waste to renewable energy. It is a great success story for our client GENeco.”

Wessex Water chairman Colin Skellett said: “Anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge is an important part of turning waste material into useful by-products.

“We are building anaerobic digestion plants at other sites in our region due to the environmental benefits they offer and because they help tackle the problem of growing electricity and waste disposal costs.

“GENeco provides the opportunity to extend this to food waste so that what we all produce – whether in the form of sewage or food – is being put to good use and helping to generate renewable energy.”

Bristol treatment works treats waste from around 1 million people living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.




Monsal awarded new Advanced Digestion contract for Wessex Water

Written by admin on November 23rd, 2012

10,000 tonne DS Monsal Advanced Digestion Plant for Trowbridge

Monsal has been awarded the contract to supply its Advanced Digestion process, to Wessex Water via MWH Treatment for a new digestion project at Trowbridge.

Monsal will supply its Enzymic Hydrolysis technology for the treatment of sewage sludge at the Trowbridge site. The plant will process 10,000 Dry Tonnes of sludge per annum. A major part of the project also includes the construction of 2 new digesters on the site with a new CHP biogas to energy plant. The project will generate 1MWe from biogas when operational.

The use of Monsal technology on this site is the second large scale installation within Wessex Water. The major AD Supercentre at Avonmouth also uses the Monsal technology, where over 100 Tonnes per day or 40,000 Dry tonnes per annum are processed to produce 4MWe continuous electrical power output. The Avonmouth AD supercentre is one of the most efficient digestion energy projects in the UK. Today the Avonmouth site is self sufficient in power management resultant for the high biogas to energy yields of the Monsal system. The high level of performance over a number of years coupled with the high level of reliability led to the selection of the Monsal technology for the new digestion project at Trowbridge.

Construction has started at Trowbridge and the site will complete by December 2013.

The Monsal Advanced Digestion technology has been installed on 12 major sewage sludge AD sites and 4 major food waste AD sites in the UK. In addition Monsal have supplied technology to over 200 conventional digesters in the UK and overseas. Monsal supply proprietary equipment and technology to both these market sectors to allow for:

  • Pre-treatment technology
  • High rate digestion
  • Biogas to power infrastructure
  • Digestate management

Today Monsal is the Advanced Digestion technology supplier of choice for major AD infrastructure projects in the water and waste markets.



Written by admin on October 2nd, 2012



The Monsal team raised over £5200 for local charities

Hundreds of runners from businesses across Nottingham and the region have put their best foot forward to take part in the UK’s largest corporate relay race and take the total raised for charity soaring past the quarter of a million pound mark.

46 companies across the East Midlands took part in the tenth annual Cooper Parry Corporate Challenge to compete in its half-marathon relay event. The race, which is organised by business advisory firm Cooper Parry, raised over £25,000 for charity which means the event has now raised £270,000 since it began in 2003.

The overall winner of the 2012 event was Nottingham based Alexander Forbes who completed the relay in a time of 1:36:37.

Monsal who raised over £5,200, were the team who raised the most money for this year’s event charities, Treetops Hospice, Rainbows Children’s Hospice and NSPCC. We also managed very respectable times of 1:45:15 and 1:58:52 with our runners!



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Written by admin on July 16th, 2012

Monsal and ADBA explore the opportunity for creation of new bioenery plants across the UK and beyond. The feature below was recently published in Bioenergy Insight.

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BioEnergy Insight Front Cover

Water meets waste article