Silberline Limited says the new addition will not only reduce energy consumption, but will also cut operating costs and improve energy efficiency at its Leven’s Banbeath Road base.
Planning permission to install the CHP unit was applied for last year, and Fife Council has now approved the consent after no objections were received during the planning process.
Work is expected to begin on the site in a few weeks and an existing one-storey building on the site will be demolished accordingly.
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The CHP unit itself will sit in a steel container 12 meters long and three meters wide, while the container and associated equipment would bring the overall height of the development to nearly seven meters.
Silberline has operated from site since 1974, manufacturing aluminum effect pigments for various industries ranging from automotive paints and printing inks to plastics, protective coatings and consumer packaged goods.
One of the authorization conditions is the need for the company to produce a sound impact study in relation to the development.
This will describe the level of noise emissions, include details of existing and projected background noise levels at the boundary of Lawrence Drive, and highlight the measures that will be taken to mitigate any noise.
The unit will initially be powered by natural gas, but it is hoped that the site will eventually be connected to the proposed Fife H100 hydrogen grid.