Bramhall, UK -- Axion Consulting has designed and implemented a complex data analysis tool for a Yorkshire-based power generation client to simplify and streamline their monitoring process.
The six-month project was carried out by the resource recovery specialist’s team for Ferrybridge Multifuel Energy Ltd (MFE). The facility has a 70MW output supplying around 160,000 homes with low-carbon electricity from refuse-derived fuel.
Previously, analysis of the annual 600,000 tonnes of residual waste treated by MFE was a time-consuming task for Dr Claire Spencer, Plant Chemist, Environmental Officer and Fuels Liaison. Checking weekly test and compliance data from up to a dozen different suppliers was a complicated process.
“Axion’s spreadsheet system for the fuels combines all the data testing in one model that accurately describes the infeed materials and identifies contract compliance. This is an essential part of the quality monitoring process for what goes into the plant to generate power,” explains Claire.
“The data tool has certainly made my job easier, saving time on analytical reports and putting the information into a straightforward format for management review.”
Axion’s Senior Engineer Sam Haig says their system provides reports that help support both their client’s technical operation and contractual agreements with their suppliers, so the material will not exceed certain limits.
“As well as reducing the time taken for the plant chemist to enter the data and analyse it, it has also allowed her to see information and trends that perhaps may have been missed before,” says Sam.
He adds: “By streamlining the process, it provides ‘headline’ figures for speedier analysis. An added advantage of our system is that it can be applied to a variety of other process applications that require accurate and rapid analysis of complex data.”
Axion Consulting, part of the Axion Group, develops and evaluates novel resource recovery processes, tests and operates innovative recyclable collection systems as well as offering business planning and financial analysis.
It can supply the expertise, knowledge and necessary skills to implement projects in the Circular Economy sector, with a specific focus on working with supply chains to deliver successful outcomes, which are both environmentally sound and economically viable.