It recovers energy from 410,000 tonnes of residual waste per year from local authorities and businesses. The process generates 37MW of electricity: A small amount is used to power itself; while the majority is fed into the National Grid.
At launch, Brentwood Communications supplied Viridor, an EfW specialist, with 30 high performance radios and signal boosting equipment. The primary purpose was to improve the efficient working of the facility, and enhance the health and safety profile of everyone at the plant. To make communication as easy as possible, even in the harshest conditions, we also supplied remote speaker ‘mics’, plus earpieces and accessories. Viridor often hire extra radios from us for crucial shutdowns; and we also service their radio equipment to keep it in tip-top condition.
After the usual recycling methods, recovering residual energy from waste is one of the best available techniques. This highly attractive option diverts huge volumes of waste from undesirable landfill, and delivers power instead to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The process sees waste burned at high temperatures under carefully controlled conditions. It’s this extreme heat which produces the power. Water is converted into super-heated steam, which drives the high-pressure turbines, and in turn, the electric generator. The emissions from the plant meet stringent European directives, which is strictly enforced and monitored by the Environment Agency.
The plant generates enough surplus electricity (34MW) to meet the domestic needs of around 50,000 houses – more than the population of Slough. The process can also provide low pressure steam/hot water to local industry or homes, when the appropriate local infrastructure becomes available. The latest radio technology Brentwood provides enables facility/security workers to liaise and collaborate with each other seamlessly; helping this robust project to run effectively and safely.
INITIAL SITE SURVEY
After conducting full-scale site trials, Brentwood’s qualified engineers concluded that digital radios DP3400 (non-display) and DP3600 (display), made by Motorola, were the best solution for Viridor. They also boosted the transmissions, to ensure back-to-back coverage of the handheld radios. For this, they installed a DR3000 repeater and several antennas positioned strategically across the extensive site.
MOTOROLA DP3400 AND DP3600
These state-of-the-art digital radios provide crystal-clear reception and intelligent audio, meaning workers can even operate them in noisy areas. Simple to use, staff can make and receive calls at the touch of a button. And because they’re well-constructed, the radios are reliable, robust and water-resistant. But more than that, the DP3600 offers a basic keypad and a two-line display. With these radios, senior staff are able to tap out texts fast; and they can view menu icons, messages and data on the bright display – even in poor light.
The increased functionality of these radios means managers can talk privately to selected individuals, or simply communicate with the whole group. Also, digital radios are perfect for use during long, gruelling shifts. Their enhanced battery life enables workers to keep going 40 per cent longer between charges compared to analogue.
The ‘Lone Worker’ facility safeguards employees who work away from their team, by informing senior staff when they’re in potential danger. The radio does this by evoking an alarm when the user does not respond to an audio prompt. Failure to react to this periodic bleep means ‘Lone Worker’ can alert colleagues as well as central control.
Another safety facility available on digital radios is ‘Man down’. When this feature is enabled, a radio can detect if a worker is injured or unconscious. It does this by initiating an alarm as soon as it senses an abnormal vertical tilt, or lack of motion. This alerts other team members of the situation so they can take immediate action to rescue their stricken colleague.
These cutting-edge radios help Viridor’s workforce to turn rubbish into power efficiently and safely in this highly demanding environment.
If your workforce requires the latest two way radio hire to enhance their performance and security on a large site – please give us a call on 01245 403520 to discuss your needs.