As part of the Cenin Group, Cenin Renewables develops solar and wind turbine sites. Our renewable energy business cluster at Parc Stormy incorporates anaerobic digestion, wind and PV generation, ultra-low carbon cement production, and Cardiff University’s energy positive SOLCER House.

Solar Power

Installed in 2011, our PV array generates 735kW and contains 2940 Yingli Mono 250 Series monocrystalline photo-voltaic panels. We have also completed in Spring 2017, a solar farm west of Cardiff generating 3MW.

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Wind Power

In November 2015, our first wind turbine was installed. It is 1.5MW ‘Vensys 77’ which can operate in wind speeds between 3m/s and 22m/s. The turbine has a magnetic gear-less drive system which is quiet and efficient. We have planning permission for a second wind turbine on site which will produce considerably more power than the first.

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Anaerobic Digestor

The Agrivert 3MW Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant was opened by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones on December 2nd 2016.  The first of its type in Wales, the plant converts food waste and organic matter into biogas which fuels an electrical generator. Surplus heat is fed to Cenin’s low-carbon cement plant for use in the minerals drying process. Organic digestate, the plant’s only other bi-product, is piped to our neighbour’s farm for use as a highly nutritious organic fossil-free fertilizer.

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Battery Storage

On February 1st 2018, Kiwi Power, a UK demand response and energy resource aggregation company, unveiled its largest behind the meter battery to date with the completion of the 4MW / 4.8MWh Tesla battery at Parc Stormy. The battery took three months to build and provides firm frequency response (FFR) to the National Grid via a two year contract offering 24 hour availability. The battery will make use of the onsite renewable energy produced by solar, wind and anaerobic digestion generation.

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Solcer House

Solcer house was designed by Cardiff University to be the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house, capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses. Built as a prototype to meet UK Government zero carbon housing targets, its design combines reduced energy demand, renewable energy supply and energy storage to create an energy positive house.

To reduce the energy demand, the house was built with high levels of thermal insulation, reducing air leakage, and uses an innovative energy efficient design which includes Cenin’s low carbon cement foundations, structural insulated panels (SIPS), external insulated render, transpired solar collectors and low emissivity double glazed aluminium clad timber frame windows and doors.

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St. Josephs RC Primary, Tredegar, visit Cenin Renewables
On the 15th of May 2019, Cenin were delighted to host years 3,4,5 and 6 of St. Joseph’s Royal Catholic Primary School from Tredegar. On...

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Welsh Assembly back climate emergency vote
Following climate change protests around the world, Assembly members voted to declare a “climate emergency” on Wednesday, with opposition AMs demanding action on the environment...

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Wales’ 100% renewable energy challenge
Policy experts, The Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA), have set out an ambitious new plan that Wales could meet 100% of its energy needs from...

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Cardiff University visit Parc Stormy
Around forty Architecture and Sustainable Design masters students visited Parc Stormy on the 5th February for a guided tour of the Solcer House and the...

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Hydrock visit Parc Stormy
Members of Hydrocks’ building performance engineering group visited Parc Stormy to have a guided tour of the Solcer House and the rest of the site. They...

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Friends of the Earth visit Parc Stormy
Cenin Renewables were very pleased to welcome Friends of the Earth to tour the Solcer House and renewable energy cluster at Parc Stormy. While the...

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Ysgol Mynydd Bychan school, Cardiff: Year 6 visit
On the 7th January 2019, Ysgol Mynydd Bychan School from Cardiff visited Parc Stormy with their Year 6 class. The tour of the site and...

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Pencoed Secondary School renewable energy project
On 10th December 2018, Pencoed Secondary School pupils aged 14-16 visited Parc Stormy to learn about renewable energy.  As a result of their visit, the...

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British Electricity Generation

The way that electricity is being generated in Great Britain changes every minute of every day. Our power stations must respond to changing demand and changing weather patterns. It has to respond to every flick of an electricity switch on the cold winter nights and long summer days. The power stations themselves are changing, with reducing numbers of coal power stations, new nuclear plants and growth in gas, wind, solar and biomass.

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