Clarke Energy is the authorised distributor and service partner for GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine in the United Kingdom. Clarke Energy is committed to delivering high quality installations and to providing reliable, accountable, long term maintenance support for your GE Jenbacher gas generation equipment. Clarke Energy’s Liverpool offices and facilities are the global headquarters of the company. Clarke Energy’s installations meet the highest levels of environmental performance. Examples of our projects include renewable energy facilities on biogas and landfill, high efficiency generation via combined heat and power and coal mine facilities capturing gases which may otherwise have escaped into the atmosphere.
British Service Coverage
Clarke Energy provides comprehensive coverage for the country and has engineers based at various locations across Great Britain. Clarke Energy’s British service coverage of over 100 engineers is divided across eight different regions. Each region has an area supervisor trained to the highest levels of GE Jenbacher proficiency. The supervisor is supported by a team of local service engineers, each with a van stocked with key spare parts and consumables. This results in the quickest response times to unscheduled maintenance events and minimal levels of engine down-time. These engineers are supported by a remote help desk that can help support the customer with engine diagnostics.
Our UK operations have the largest store of GE Jenbacher spare parts located outside of Austria. The store is located with ready access to the motorway network for rapid dispatch around the country. Clarke Energy’s service facilities have recently expanded to include a complimentary GE Jenbacher parts refurbishment facility. The Northwest England-based head office includes one of the network of three, authorised, GE Jenbacher overhaul facilities. The facility is manned by a dedicated team of over 20 overhaul engineers. The GE Jenbacher engine overhaul typically takes place after sixty thousand hours of operation. Clarke Energy has a dedicated facility which is able to simultaneously overhaul a number of engines in parallel. The company also stocks a number of engine short blocks and is able to provide swing engines in order to minimise the downtime of generation assets at the point of overhaul.
Clarke Energy has from the outset endeavoured to meet the highest industry standards and has a dedicated team for Quality, Environment, Health and Safety (QUENSH).
Quality is one of the key company values of Clarke Energy. The company has the International Standards Organization ISO9001:2008 certificate for quality management systems through DNV. Clarke Energy is dedicated to providing the highest levels of quality to its customers and has formal systems implemented to ensure this is achieved.
The company has the International Standards Organization ISO14001:2004 certificate for environmental management systems. Clarke Energy ensures that the performance of the company matches the high levels of environmental performance of the products we supply. The company complies with all applicable laws and regulations, has systems in place to minimise how our operations might negatively affect the environment & in parallel seeks to continually improve its performance in these factors.
Clarke Energy is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our employees. The company is delighted to have won the International British Safety Council Award for twelve consecutive years since first participating in 1999. Clarke Energy ensures that its employees are protected to the highest levels with personal protective equipment that exceeds legal requirements and procedures in place to minimise any risks associated with our employees work.
Due to the nature of our work the company recognises the need for ensuring the highest levels of gas safety procedues are also attained. The company is therefore a participant in the Gas Safe Scheme which has superceeded the CORGI register. It is a legal requirement in the United Kingdom that any company carrying out gas related work must be on this register.
Clarke Energy had a dedicated team familiar with a range of UK-specific requirements including the approach to connection to the electricity grid, UK laws and regulations.
Electrical Grid Synchronisation- G59
Clarke Energy is regularly called upon to support our clients with the completion of successful G59 grid synchronisation tests. Clarke Energy has invested in a G59 test rig which can be deployed to conduct the tests that are required to connect embedded generation plant to the district network operators (DNOs) electricity distribution systems. The benefit of this to the customer is for ease of connection and that they do not need to coordinate and arrange this test with third parties.
Health and Safety
UK Health and Safety Regulations are known as some of the most comprehensive sets of regulations in the world concerning the health and safety of workers. Clarke Energy is dedicated to providing a safe working environment for its staff and has won the British Safety Council’s International Safety Award for 11 consecutive years. In 2012 Clarke Energy was successfully awarded BS OHSAS 18001 certification by DNV. This relates to the implementation of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System as part of our risk management strategy and in to protect our workforce. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the UK. Other health and safety regulations that we are regularly involved in complying with include:
The Explosive Atmospheres Directive (ATEX):
This is a European Union Directive which requires employers to protect workers from the risk of explosive atmospheres. The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR).
DSEAR is the UK’s interpretation of the ATEX Directive. It should be noted that DSEAR is similar but different to interpretations in the rest of Europe.
The Construction Design & Management Regulations (CDM)
The CDM Regulations govern construction design and management. Everyone controlling site work has a responsibility to ensure that working conditions comply with Health and Safety laws before work begins. Ensuring that the proposed work is not going to put others at risk, require planning and organisation. This applies whatever the size of the site. Clarke Energy has the ability to act in a role of CDM coordinator for the installation of gas engines or can report directly to the development CDM coordinator.
Trade Associations & Affiliations
Clarke Energy is a founding member of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), the first trade organisation in the UK dedicated solely to biogas. ADBA has been established to represent all businesses involved in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries, to help remove the barriers they face and to support its members to grow their businesses. Its principal aim is to enable and facilitate the development of a mature anaerobic digestion industry in the UK within 10 years.
Clarke Energy is an active member of the Renewable Energy Association (REA). The REA was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat and transport needs.
Clarke Energy is a member of the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA). The CHPA is the leading advocate of an integrated approach to delivering energy services using combined heat and power and district heating.
Clarke Energy is pleased to support the UK’s contribution to the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy Task 37. Task 37 is a working group that covers the anaerobic digestion and landfill industries.
Clarke Energy is a member of Envirolink, the business support organisation for the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector.
Clarke Energy is an Associate Member of the UK District Energy Association. The ukDEA is a trade body that links partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK. The aim of the body is to promote district energy as a means to deliver significant carbon savings and also establish a direct link between the government and the industry’s market base.
Clarke Energy’s encourages personal development and its employees hold a number of personal professional memberships including: