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Grocontinental gets planning OK for waste power plant

Whitchurch, UK: Grocontinental ‘s plans to build an energy plant powered by animal feed and organic waste have been approved by Shropshire councillors – despite local opposition.

The anaerobic digestion plant will be built at Broughall Fields Farm, opposite Whitchurch Business Park, to generate power for storage and distribution giant Grocontinental.

But the proposal led to more than 100 comments of objection and two petitions containing more than 1,000 signatures, citing concerns over noise, smell and traffic. Whitchurch Town Council was also against the application.

There were seven comments in support of the plans, which were decided during a tense planning meeting held at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury yesterday, in front of a packed public gallery.

Grocontinental said it would use agricultural crops grown locally to generate electricity and said the design of the plant had dealt with objectors’ concerns. During consultation Shropshire Council received more than 100 comments of objection and seven in support of the application.

There were also two petitions against the construction of the anaerobic digester, featuring 184 signatures and 960 signatures.

The application was also opposed by Whitchurch Town Council over concerns about impact on the environment.

Linda Grocott, joint managing director of applicant Grocontinental, said following concerns they had decided to run the plant on agricultural waste and feedstock only.

She told councillors: “We are very proud that our business is the largest employer in the area and we work very hard. “There are 350 members of staff who depend on us. It is a cut throat and dynamic industry which we need to constantly keep up with. Since 2008 we have created over 80 jobs.

“In order to operate we need a consistent, stable energy supply and want to be self sufficient. The plant will provide more than 50 per cent of the energy we need.”

Tesco tries its first drawbar reefer

London, UK: Tesco, the largest retailer in the UK, has introduced its first temperature-controlled drawbar truck.

It will deliver to Tesco’s Express stores typically located in residential or built-up areas that make deliveries with tractor units and 13.6-metre trailers difficult.

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Tesco, the largest retailer in the UK, has introduced its first temperature-controlled drawbar truck

The flexibility of an 18.75-metre drawbar vehicle means the truck can now reach Express stores more easily and with a larger payload than a rigid truck operating alone – resulting in reduced road miles.

The drawbar’s manoeuvrable design also has the capacity to carry 48 standard roll cages – an additional three compared with a standard 13.6m trailer.

The drawbar vehicle, designed by Wheelbase Engineering, has Carrier Transicold’s Supra 1150UMT (multi-temperature) undermount unit. It features two remote evaporators recessed into the trailer’s ceiling to ensure a safe walk-through environment for operators.

The forward compartment relies on a Supra 850 MT unit to maintain the set point inside its Solomon bodywork.

“Continually improving the efficiency of our fleet is a key focus for the business, and with the help of Carrier Transicold UK we’ve been able to come up with a solution that really hits the mark,” said a spokesperson for Tesco. “We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the team at Carrier.

150-034 Tesco temperature-controlled drawbar

The drawbar has a Carrier Transicold’s Supra 1150UMT (multi-temperature) undermount unit.

“We specify their reefer units as they are so well suited to our operating needs.”

Carrier Transicold’s Supra range achieves rapid pull-down speeds and ensures accurate temperature control for all chilled and frozen cargoes, with a reputation in the industry for excellent product protection and low operating costs.

The units are covered by Carrier Transicold’s new EverCold service, repair and maintenance contract. This includes all maintenance recommended by Carrier Transicold and carried out by manufacturer-trained technicians using genuine replacement parts, plus access to 24-hour emergency assistance throughout the UK.

Carrier Transicold supported the delivery with a specific training programme for Tesco’s team of driver trainers.

Tinytag launches new Ultra Radio data loggers

Chichester, West Sussex, UK:  Gemini Data Loggers has launched a new Tinytag Ultra Radio radio logger for indoor monitoring of temperature and humidity.

Ultra Radio 1Tinytag Ultra Radio units are for indoor monitoring temperature and humidity. Loggers can also monitor low voltage and current, and count inputs are also available.

Tinytag temperature data loggers are used throughout the cold chain to help achieve quality standards and compliance with specified regulations including HACCP controls.

“The Tinytag radio data logging system is an ideal solution for premises with multiple monitoring points such as warehouses and cold stores,”the comopany says.

Loggers in the new Ultra Radio range are compatible with other Tinytag Radio products which are designed for use in outdoor/industrial areas, and can be mixed and matched within a single system.

Data is sent via a receiver for direct viewing on a PC, across a Local Area Network, or remotely across the internet. The system self-configures to form a mesh network and is flexible, allowing loggers to be moved or added as requirements change.

Data will re-route in the event of a temporary obstruction and the loggers also record the data locally, enabling recovery if communications problems occur. Alarm warnings can be sent via email, which in turn can be used to generate text messages, enabling corrective action to be initiated.

Radio loggers are also suitable for use in refrigerated vehicles, recording temperature data locally while the vehicle is out, then automatically offloading data for analysis upon return to the depot when in range of the receiver.

Radio system bundles, comprising three loggers, plus receiver and software, start from £1000 +VAT.

Gemini Data Loggers has been manufacturing the Tinytag range of data loggers in the UK since 1984, and trades globally through 40 distributors. As well as the Radio System, stand-alone loggers are available from £50 +VAT, which record environmental data that is downloaded to a PC for analysis.

A video about the Radio System is available on Gemini’s website, giving a brief overview of how the system works.

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