CNG Services has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation this year in recognition of the company’s leadership role in the creation of the biomethane-to-grid (BtG) market.
BtG is the process whereby ‘green’ gas is injected into the gas grid, giving the UK a highly flexible and efficient source of sustainable energy made from organic material including food waste.
CNG Services, founded in 2003, is the leading provider of gas engineering and consultancy services to this market having been involved in around 90% of the BtG projects completed to date. The award recognises CNG Services key role in helping to create the right economic, legislative and technical environment to foster this new renewable energy sector.
John Baldwin, founder and Managing Director of CNG Services said: “I hope the award will make more people aware they can now get green gas for their central heating and cooking and companies can use it in manufacturing and to fuel trucks.”
“We’ve got the fastest growing biomethane market and by mid-2017 there will be around 120 million therms/per annum going into to grid, equal to the gas consumption of around 240,000 homes. Put another way, that’s around 240,000 tonnes of LNG that the UK won’t have to import from the Middle East.”
Graham Edwards, Chief Executive of Wales and West Utilities said: “CNG’s vision, drive and foresight has contributed to the development of a major green technology that will save millions of tonnes of carbon each year. Their persistent determination to overcome the obstacles to biomethane has resulted in a new energy source emerging in the UK.”
Tim Davis, Managing Director of Barrow Green Gas said: “Dealing with CNG Services is a challenge in the best possible sense. When the options are A or B, CNG Services will suggest C! The ability to think outside the box and find options which others have never begun to think of is the mark of true innovators.”
Charlie Fillingham, Managing Director at Strutt and Parker, developers of the Euston Biogas project, said: “We have been working with CNG on a number of projects and have always been impressed with their capability and ambition in developing new ideas to bring down the cost of manufacture and transmission of biomethane gas.”
Today, energy suppliers like Good Energy and Green Energy are supplying green gas to people in their homes. Green gas is also being used to fuel Waitrose supermarket trucks, in food production such as Wyke Farms and to provide Sainsbury’s with fuel for power and heating.