Clarke Energy

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Clarke Energy
Type Limited company
Founded 1989
Headquarters Knowsley, Liverpool, England, UK
Area served UK, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho
Products GE Power & Water's Jenbacher gas engines, Power, cogeneration and trigeneration plants
Services Gas engine maintenance, engineering, project management
Employees ~1,000 (2014)
Website www.clarke-energy.com

Clarke Energy is a privately owned multinational company specialising in the sale, engineering, installation and maintenance of power plants that use gas engines. Clarke Energy is an independent company with its head offices located in Knowsley, Liverpool and is an authorised distributor and service partner for GE Power & Water's [1][2] Jenbacher gas engine. Clarke Energy has over 900 staff in eleven countries worldwide including Algeria, Australia,[3] Bangladesh,[4] France,[5] India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia,[6] South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.[7] The company maintains a portfolio of applications for both low-carbon power and renewable energy generation.[8][9][10][11]

Applications and projects[edit]

The GE Jenbacher gas engine can be used in various gas-to-power applications including natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) / cogeneration, biogas, landfill gas, coal mine methane,[12][13] synthetic gas, wood gas and associated petroleum gas. In the UK Clarke Energy is a leading supplier of landfill gas generation equipment, in Australia for Coal Mine gas engines and in France for natural gas cogeneration units.[14] The company has worked on pioneering projects including the supply of the first GE biogas engines into sub-Saharan Africa near Lake Naivasha in Kenya[15] and pioneering the use of CNG as a fuel with Nestle Nigeria.[16]

History[edit]

In 1989 Jim Clarke was employed by James Gannon (Managing Director) of Machine Manpower Management Ltd (previously Marine Manpower), an established company of 12 years. James Gannon gave Jim Clarke the post of Managing Director and himself Chairman. Jim Clarke employed his ex-colleagues and made them directors. He began grooming his adolescent son (Jamie Clarke) to work for the company, taking him on foreign business trips at Machine Manpower's expense. Jim Clarke allegedly pushed James Gannon out of the company, failing to file his tax returns and devaluing the company (previously worth approx £4 million) by informing the Natwest Bank that there were cash flow problems. It is rumoured he stole money from his employer, totalling upwards of £100k and orchestrated false offers to buy the company from fictional foreign investors to further devalue. In 1995 he was able to buy out his employer and obtain full ownership at a grossly undervalued price retaining the premises, the staff and the reputation. The company was established by Jim Clarke in 1989[17] and initially was a service provided for Ruston diesel engines. In 1995 Clarke Energy became distributor for Jenbacher Gas Engines.[18] In 1998, from its success in the UK Clarke Energy began to expand overseas. In 2002 GE acquired Jenbacher, the Austrian gas engine specialist company [19] commencing Clarke Energy's relationship with GE. Clarke Energy helped develop some of the first projects as part of GE's Ecomagination initiative including a biogas projects in Punjab, India,[20] and coal gas plants in Australia.[21]

Affiliations and Achievements[edit]

Clarke Energy is a member of the Combined Heat and Power Association, the Renewable Energy Association[22] and a founding member of Lord Redesdale's Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association[23] Clarke Energy is also a multiple award winner of the British Safety Council's International Safety Award. Clarke Energy was named 'Business of the Year 2012' in the Knowsley Business Awards.[24] In 2012 ECI Partners acquired a minority stake in Clarke Energy.[25] In 2013 the company was awarded 'Export Champion' status by UK Trade and Investment.[26] In 2014 the company was announced as a winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade) for having achieved 6 years' sustained growth.[27][28] The company also won the 2014 British Renewable Energy Award for Innovation,[29] and 'Business of the Year >250 employees' in the (Liverpool City Region) Regional Business Awards.[30]

The company was also a finalist in the British Renewable Energy Awards 2013[31] & 2014[32] and the Energy Awards 2013[33]

See also[edit]

Key events[edit]

  • 1989 - Clarke Energy Established as an engine service company
  • 1995 - Clarke Energy nominated as distributor for Jenbacher AG gas engine products in UK
  • 1998 - Awarded distribution rights for Jenbacher in Australia, New Zealand and Nigeria
  • 2003 - GE acquires Jenbacher AG. Clarke Energy acquires Cogen India, awarded distribution rights for Jenbacher in India
  • 2004 - Clarke Energy acquires Jenbacher France, awarded distribution rights for France.
  • 2005 - Clarke Energy awarded distribution rights for Jenbacher in Ireland. Previous distributor's contract cancelled.
  • 2008 - Clarke Energy awarded distribution rights for Jenbacher in Tunisia
  • 2011 - Clarke Energy awarded distribution rights for Jenbacher in Algeria
  • 2012 - Clarke Energy awarded distribution rights for Jenbacher in Tanzania
  • 2013 - Clarke Energy acquires Orient Energy Systems Bangladesh, Agaricus Trading and GE's South African Jenbacher gas engine service business. Awarded distribution rights for Bangladesh, South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenbacher Distributor and Service Partners, GE Energy, Accessed 1 April 2011
  2. ^ Energy Efficient an Interview with Alan Fletcher, Clarke Energy, Venture Magazine, www.venturemagazine.co.uk, December 2006, Accessed 1 April 2004
  3. ^ Australia's Renewable Energy Use, Technologies and Services www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au, accessed 11.05.2011
  4. ^ Clarke Energy makes major acquisition in Bangladesh, www.clarke-energy.com, 13/08/2013
  5. ^ GE Energy fournit des moteurs Jenbacher pour une centrale à gaz de décharge sur l’île de la Réunion dans l’Océan Indien, fr.geenergyeurope-pressroom.com, Accessed 11.05.2011
  6. ^ Clarke Energy Promeut la Cogeneration en Tunisie, www.kapitalis.com, accessed 11.05.2011
  7. ^ Clarke Energy acquires GE's Jenbacher gas engine South African service business and Agaricus Trading, www.clarke-energy.com, accessed 11.11/2013
  8. ^ Clarke Energy Sales Soar, Liverpool Daily Post, 22 July 2009, www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk, Accessed 1 April 2011
  9. ^ Clarke Energy Sets £200 million target, Insider Media, 13 January 2011, www.insidermedia.com, Accessed 1 April 2011
  10. ^ Director's Pay Cuts Double Profits at Clarke Energy, 30 June 2010, www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk, Accessed 1 April 2011
  11. ^ Clarke Energy pushes into Oil and Gas Markets, www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk, accessed 5 January 2012
  12. ^ Queensland Government Inaugurates Alternative Energy Plant Powered by GE's Jenbacher Waste Coal Mine Gas Engines, www.v1energy.com, Accessed 11.05.2011
  13. ^ Clarke Generates Interest at Blackwater, www.gastoday.com.au, Accessed 11.05.2011
  14. ^ Recycling Energy: Interview with Didier Lartigue, Director of Clarke Energy, British Embassy Tunis, ukintunisia.fco.gov.uk, Accessed 1 April 2011
  15. ^ Kenya to benefit from major biogas plant, www.businessdailyafrica.com, retrieved 20.09.2013
  16. ^ Partnership with Clarke Energy will enable Nestle to save 30% on fuel cost annually, www.wapicforum.com
  17. ^ Britain's Green Rich List, Sunday Times, 27 December 2009, www.timesonline.co.uk, Accessed 5 April 2004
  18. ^ Clarke Energy Becomes Jenbacher Distributor, www.powergenworldwide.com, 1 May 1999, www.powergenworldwide.com, Accessed 1 April 2011
  19. ^ Hoffman, A. Critical interfaces and technical limits for a reliable utilization of CMM in recip engines, GE Jenbacher, www.epa.gov, accessed 1 April 2011
  20. ^ GE Energy's Jenbacher Biogas Engines Power, New Materials International, 15.08.2007, www.newmaterials.com, Accessed 1 April 2011
  21. ^ GE's ecomagination™ Certified Jenbacher Power Plant Commissioned at Australian Coal Mine to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, www.gepower.com, Accessed 14.04.2011
  22. ^ Clarke Energy, Renewable Energy Association, www.rea.net, Accessed 1 April 2011
  23. ^ Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association - Founding Members, Accessed 1 April 2011
  24. ^ Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards 2012 - Winners Announced, www.knowsley.gov.uk, retrieved 11.01.2013
  25. ^ ECI Partners Investment. www.ecipartners.com, received 11.01.2013
  26. ^ Clarke Energy appointed as Export Champion, www.clarke-energy.com
  27. ^ List of 2014 Queen's Award Winners, www.ft.com, retrieved 22.04.2014
  28. ^ Gas-powered international trade - Clarke Energy wins Queen's Award www.clarke-energy.com, retrieved 22.04.0214
  29. ^ Energy Minister Celebrates REA Award Winners, www.r-e-a.net, retrieved 8th July 2014
  30. ^ Live Liverpool Echo Regional Business Awards, www.liverpoolecho.com, accessed 8th July 2014
  31. ^ British Renewable Energy Awards 2013, www.r-e-a.net
  32. ^ British Renewable Energy Awards Finalists Announced, www.r-e-a.net, retrieved 22.04.2014
  33. ^ Energy Awards Shortlist, www.theenergyawards.com