With a background in agricultural science, our founder and CEO Ray Tucker realised that the future of power generation lay in finding a sustainable crop that could be utilised as an alternative to environmentally harmful fossil fuels. Under the banner of Real Ventures, Ray developed biomass power generation projects in the 25-50MW range, being one of the first in the UK to advocate the use of sustainable fuel in medium scale power generation. Working within the government guidelines supporting power generation, the Real Ventures team realised that there was a fundamental flaw in the UK development strategy for clean energy: with the emphasis, and subsidy, geared to wind power generation projects, what would happen when the wind didn't blow? Unlike traditional methods for power generation which can be turned on and off, wind cannot be controlled.
Taking a practical attitude to environmentalism, the RV Energy team believes in sustainable power generation: harnessing organic fuel sources that can be combusted to produce energy, but which are derived from sustainable resources. Wood; waste; and crops, are all examples of fuel sources that can be substituted for fossil fuels, but which do not upset the delicate balance of the long-run carbon cycle.
If a tree is felled for energy production, another is planted in its place: although there is a longer cycle time, timber cultivation is no different than a farmer replacing ther cereal crops every year, the process can go on indefinitely and is carbon neutral at the end of the cycle. The same is true for waste products: every year millions of tonnes of waste are disposed of in landfill, yet much of it can be sustainably used in power generation. Paper; cardboard; wood; foodstuffs; packaging; and other miscellaneous dried matter can be combusted to produce energy, with the carbon released being reabsorbed during the growth of replacement consumables.
RV Energy projects are carefully planned to ensure environmentalism is balanced by the practical need for on-demand delivery of power. With the next generation poised to embrace electric vehicles and smart homes, we must build today to ensure a secure and reliable power generation capacity tomorrow.