Waste to Energy Fire Suppression Systems
The prospect for new methods of energy generation in the UK is moving at pace.
Carbon-heavy, exhaustible fossil fuels have been in decline for some time and has necessitated a search for cleaner, more efficient energy streams that will meet future demands. The UK Government has already announced ambitious renewable energy targets which include 15% of all energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. With these demanding targets now in place, there is a growing awareness of innovative advanced conversion waste-to-energy technologies capable of generating an efficient and consistent energy source alternative.
The future for waste to energy technology is therefore extremely positive, but there are associated dangers with the overall process, particularly those regarding fire risks.
Fires in waste to energy plants are regularly in the news and continue to be a major cause of insurance loss. The risks from waste fuel streams are many and varied. Dust, hydraulic processing equipment, the delivery of already deep seated, ignited loads, conveying systems needed to move loads from one part of a plant to another. These and many more all contribute to the overall risk factor and need to be controlled at source.
Set against this background, Nobel Fire Systems has been working closely with the waste to energy industry and established a clear protocol for fire safety procedures including prevention and suppression. Recognised as a market leader, Nobel is equally at home dealing with single site operations or multinational blue chip companies across the globe.