In recent years the market for alternatively generated clean power and energy has gathered pace and momentum in response to environmental, social, technological, legislative and financial drivers.
Reforms business strategy is a simple one to develop Clean Energy generation projects that fully address the current risks associated with such projects, including:
The long term availability/sustainability of a fuel supply;
The compatibility of the fuel with a proven, warrantable technology;
The location of the fuel source and the effects on transport infrastructure;
The availability of high-end engineering support in addition to the technology provider;
The negotiation of appropriate power purchase contracts.
Working with a number of Waste License holders, Reform has developed a fuel derived from waste collected in skips and processed through Waste Transfer Stations. The fuel-waste is the material that remains after any recyclable material has been removed. This remaining material is typically sent to land fill. The fuel-waste along with waste wood collected by the same skip service has been tested independently to verify its characteristics. These sampling tests have been used to identify a preferred technology provider.
Locating each clean energy recovery plant at the site of its primary fuel source through partnering an existing commercial waste transfer station operator addresses one of the key limitations facing many of the large industrial scale biomass-based energy recovery and generation projects long term security of fuel supply.
The model adopted by the Reform Energy group has been based on identifying and developing only those projects that fully address the Critical Success Factors that have been identified. Reform Energys model for developing Clean Energy Recovery Plants is summarised below:
Small scale, local (decentralised) power generation to service local industries and communities
Plants using local, sustainable fuel components from multiple diversified sources
Fuel sources that do not compete with larger Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) developments
Fuel sources that are not reliant on the purchase of Biomass as a commodity
Fuel sources that support landfill diversion strategies and reduce local traffic movements
On site micro fuel quality and processing facilities at each Plant
On site expertise in fuel handling and composition
Proven, warrantable technology from the most experienced and reputable available suppliers
Suitable regeneration projects available to provide local heat and power off-take customers
Plants that support the optimisation of local recycling and energy efficiency projects
Projects that offer a suitably diversified portfolio of revenue streams
The model developed by Reform Energy is significantly different from many other recent developments looking to benefit from this market potential. They are often primarily technology focused, and have stalled or aborted because they have failed to fully address a number of Critical Success Factors. These include the following:
The requirement/drivers for a technological solution;
The nature, availability and sustainability of fuel and fuel components;
The commoditisation of alternative fuel sources (biomass for example);
Relevant and proven technology and engineering support;
Financial considerations (funding and return);
The negative effects of transporting fuel to feed speculative projects;