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British Gas New Energy buys Semplice

British Gas New Energy has bought low carbon solutions company Semplice Energy for £1.5 million.

The division of energy giant Centrica will initially pay £1.2 million with a further £0.3 million payable in two years depending on performance.

Gearóid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy, said: 'This is another step forward in our development of a broad range of energy efficiency and low-carbon capabilities we can offer business and domestic customers. Semplice Energy will help us in the delivery of these services.'

Semplice Energy employs 21 staff and provides a range of clean technology solutions in the UK including consulting, design and systems integration to help businesses reduce their energy usage.

Clients include McDonald’s, Tesco and Travelodge.

The deal follows on from British Gas' recent acquisitions of Solar Technologies Group Ltd and BMSi Ltd and technology partnerships with Ceres Power, Disenco and vPhase.

Semplice Case Study:

Newbridge High School, Leicestershire - converts coal fired boilers to biomass

Heating system
Heating of the main school building was provided by coal.
A site appraisal was conducted with results recommending the conversion of the existing boilers to run on wood pellets.
By doing so the school has reduced CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by 300 tonnes per year.

Boiler conversion
During the summer of 2003 two wood pellet conversion kits were installed into the two existing 600kW output boilers. The original bunkers were thoroughly cleaned and new bunkers for the wood pellets were built within the original area. The conversions are fully automatic and include automatic ignition and full modulation which has increased efficiency by over 20 per cent.

Results
The original boilers were coal fired with efficiencies measured at 60 per cent.
After installation of the Wood Pellet conversion measured efficiencies of 83 per cent were achieved.
This equates to 300 tonnes per year of CO2 reduction.