For Entrade, decentralisation of energy production is the future
Two trends are currently dominating the bioenergy industry — a strive to utilise as many potential feedstocks as possible to reduce waste and boost the circular economy, and a drift towards decentralised energy production. Entrade, a company dedicated to the development of carbon negative, micro-CHP units, is at the forefront of both of these trends. Here,
Bioenergy Insight speaks with company CEO Julien Uhlig.
Please introduce yourself and the company. What does Entrade do? What is your role in the company and how did you become involved in the bioenergy industry?
My name is Julien Uhlig and I am the CEO and co-founder of Entrade. Entrade is a clean energy company that has invested heavily into the development, manufacturing and technology of moveable, carbon negative micro-CHP units. Based in Germany, our company sprouted from a recognition of serious market gaps in terms of off-grid energy generation that I realised during my time working in Africa with the German Government. Having come back from Africa I saw only one goal, to create a machine that would be the future of decentralised sustainable energy, nine years later we can finally say that we have mastered it.
Entrade is involved in the development of new fuels and feedstocks. Can you tell us about what the company is currently researching?
Indeed, one of the most demanding aspects of our business is researching and testing fuels from all over the world for use in our machines.
Understanding the fuels’ most complex characteristics is essential since we never alter our machines for a fuel, we focus on pre-treating a fuel in a way that improves operation while ensuring that the toughest emission standards are met.
Large-scale production of our technology has drastically reduced the production time and costs of our machines.
Thus far, we have tested 300+ fuel types from industries globally, with a current focus on agricultural waste such as bamboo, palm oil trimmings, Napier grass (elephant grass), and coconuts. Our customers are industrial companies and governments from all over the world. There are endless currently under used biomass waste streams all over the world.
Entrade produces CHP technology. How important is the CHP sector to reaching future sustainability and climate goals?
Future sustainability should be the ultimate goal, CHP technologies offer higher efficiency than large scale power plants by using the fuel sources more efficiently. CHP also offers the best way to balance the integration of solar power and other intermittent power sources. CHP will be a major component of the jig-saw puzzle that will be a future energy supply.
What kinds of facilities and installations have used
Entrade’s CHP system? What benefits has it given them? Currently we have worked with a wide range of installations: green houses, airports, cold storage operations and our personal favourite, pellet factories! Since joining the market, arensis (Entrade’s sister company) has acquired several sustainable pellet plants in the UK that we use to cut our fuel stream.
To date, our machines have proved successful for our clients in reducing both the cost of energy and carbon emissions.
The company works extensively in North America, please tell us about your projects in Puerto
Rico and Los Angeles, US. North America loves to buzz about green-tech and clean-tech, arensis is even headquartered there. We’ve found the market to be highly receptive to our products. Currently, we have a plant in downtown LA that has seemingly gone unnoticed, which we love! One of
the misconceptions about energy generation stems from the massive large-scale power plants that are often not pleasant to look at and controversial. We are proud to exemplify the possibility of decentralised micro-energy production.
Puerto Rico has proven to be an exciting project since our machines have
caught the interest of several governmental agencies as well as hotels, pharmaceutical factories, and disaster relief centres. Currently, in Puerto Rico, there are acres of waste wood being collected and dumped for disposal, we are looking into embracing this by pelletising it and fuelling our machines to power several projects.
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