United Utilities Renewable Energy (UURE) owns and operates upwards of 60 renewable technology assets across the North West of England, including solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind turbines. Many of the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are mounted on the ground, meaning management of nearby organic growth is an important part of the overall Operations & Maintenance strategy and is key to ensuring the safe and efficient on-going output of the system.
Field Assessment of Granular Materials
There is a requirement to analyse samples of soil removed from the challenge owner’s site to determine the nature of all extracted material prior to disposal. The challenge is to identify a solution which can provide a field assessment measurement, ideally within four hours, for asbestos and if possible for heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oil and explosives.