GREAT project holds plumbing event for Green Week

Staff from the GREAT Project held a special event to celebrate Green Week 2014 where they invited local Plumbers and Heating Installers to find out about the Renewable Heat Incentive from international manufacturers, Veissmann.

The Grimsby Institute Group (GIG) and Humber Chemical Focus (HCF) officially launched the Green Renewable Environment and Associated Technologies (GREAT) project in December 2013 following the award of a £3.34million grant by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The event was held in the Grimsby Institute’s Engineering & Renewable Energy Centre at the Nuns Corner campus in Grimsby and saw thirty local Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) attend who wanted to find out more about Renewables Technologies.

Tony Swinburn, Construction & Renewable Energy Adviser for the GREAT Project, explained: “The event has been held as part of Green Week 2014 so that we can talk to local installers about the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is an incentive set up by the Government to encourage people to use Renewable Energy. The new Incentive will begin in April and we wanted to help the SMEs prepare for when it does happen.”

GREAT is a new £5m business advisory service, being led by GIG, and the project supports the development of renewables and environmental technology businesses in North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire and West & North Yorkshire. The project is designed to address the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) priorities to develop the ‘Energy Estuary’, as well as support existing SMEs to improve productivity, innovation and development through this ambitious knowledge transfer project.

Colin Bland, Veissmann’s Sales Manager for Renewable Energy Systems in the UK, was asked to give talk to the guests about the Renewable Heat Incentive, as Colin explained:

“It’s important that we reinforce the message of reducing people’s energy bills. The Renewable Heat Incentive has been set up the Government and is the first scheme of it’s kind in the world.

“Industry will need to upskill because it is a change from what they traditionally do, which is traditional fossil fuel heating systems. It still appears like a ‘black art’ when we take energy out of the sun, the air or the ground and to turn it into usable energy. The idea is to demystify this and give as much information as we can. This is a huge opportunity for everybody to upskill, save some money and, in effect, make a new industry which they can earn a very good living from.”

Following the presentation, the guests were given a tour of the Engineering & Renewable Energy Centre and shown some of the latest Renewables training equipment that has been installed at the site, including biomass and biogas boilers, and will soon be home to quarter-sized training wind turbine.

For more information about GREAT and the services that are available as part of the project simply contact the GREAT Development Team by emailing