Who we are

Agile Energy is developing low carbon energy parks around the UK and further afield. The catalyst for these parks will generally be an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) power plant. Each project is set up as a separate Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in which we deal with all aspects of the project from site identification through to planning/licensing applications and engagement with the local communities. We also try to attract complementary businesses that can benefit from sustainable, efficient use of electrical and heat energy. Our directors come from a varied and complementary background in engineering, project development, waste management, information technology. Perhaps most importantly, we are all entrepreneurs with a passion for improving the environment and employing the best technology to that task.

Mission statement

Much as we would like to, we do recognise that we cannot save the planet single-handedly, so our mission is to ensure that our Energy Park Projects are always an example of best practice, becoming a beacon for projects that follow and an example of how such projects can best contribute to the circular economy. We will involve the local community in shared ownership, use the best available ERF technology, ensure that we do not use viable recyclable material as fuel, make certain that we do no harm to people or the environment and ensure the project delivers a sustainable model which is commercially attractive for our investors. We are constantly working to attract complimentary businesses to the park which can take advantage of being co-located and secure commercial advantage from supply of competitive electricity and heat for the plant.

Increasing awareness of the dangers of plastic waste getting into the environment and the risk to aquifers and water supplies from landfill continue to drive an increasing need for responsible waste disposal that has some benefit to society. With a measure of imagination and vision it is possible to turn a  polluting waste which poses serious threat to the environment, and turn that waste into fuel. With the correct application of a variety of technologies and a community focused approach we are convinced that the projects will become an exemplar for other projects to follow.

Agile’s Energy Park approach attempts to address this need in a variety of ways and specifically we are developing community owned and run district heating networks that will be provided with heat energy by the renewable power plants.

Waste to energy explained

In the UK, the traditional disposal route for waste materials that cannot be recycled has almost always been to landfill. This is unsustainable, wasteful and damaging to the environment – landfill gas produced by decomposing biodegradable material in landfill sites is methane and this gas is 23 x more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2). As well as preventing this happening, ERF projects create energy in the form of electricity and hot water for heating houses or cooking/drying in an industrial process. Agile Energy will use an advanced integrated energy conversion process, with world leading energy efficiency and producing significantly less emissions than currently available technology. It will simply be the best technology available for this purpose. This choice of technology is very important for a number of reasons not least of which is that it addresses the increasing concern around the emissions to atmosphere of small particulates.

Sweden has been employing energy recovery from waste materials to heat homes in the bigger cities such as Stockholm since the 1960’s. Indeed, Sweden has expanded the model to an extent that less than 1% of waste produced goes to landfill and they are importing waste from the UK and other European countries to provide them with the additional fuel they need. Watch the short video below for more information.

Our process will be highly efficient in converting the energy in the waste to electricity and around 90% efficient when we deliver and use all of the heat from the plant. Look at our very simple generic process flow diagram below (click on the diagram below to zoom in) to get an idea of how the process works and where all the energy comes from and goes to. This diagram is typical of a Rankine cycle based steam production system. Recall from school physics, that energy is never lost, it only changes form. So, all the energy contained in fuel, be it petrol, diesel, coal or waste materials is 100% converted from potential energy into other forms of energy such as movement, heat and noise when it is used as fuel for a power plant. Most older power stations (and many new ones unfortunately) waste up to 80% of the available energy in heat by discharging it to the atmosphere – that is what cooling towers do. Our power plant is designed to be as efficient as current technology allows and will not be wasteful of the energy available.


Our HSE Advisor, Alan Wilson also happens to be an award-winning wildlife photographer and we present one of his superb photographs here every week which we hope you will enjoy. Make sure to visit his website alanwilsonphotography.com

Our Thainstone Energy Park project is advancing quickly with our proposals being considered by Aberdeenshore Council and a determination of our planning application expected in June 2021.  You can  click on this link  to take you to our project website where further detail can be accessed. 

An aerial view of the site taken in March 2021 looking north to Port Elphinstone and Inverurie in the distance.

Investor information

The first part of the Thainstone Energy Park consisting of the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is nearing the next stage of development and the start of construction. The project is now in discussion with institutional investors to secure the next stage of funding for the build of the plant. Our plans for the next stages of the Thainstone Energy Park involving a variety of initiatives including a district heat network, green hydrogen production, horticulture, growing warm water prawns and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) are all in varying stages of development and will offer further opportunity for individual investors of all sizes in due course. If you are interested in any or all of these opportunities, we have an open database of interested investors and you are invited to register your interest by contacting us through the ‘Contact Us’ button below.

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Partners & Supporters

Liberty One Communications provides our projects with strategic support and guidance on media relations, community consultation and stakeholder engagement.

Natural Power began in Scotland in 1995 when its two founding members saw the potential in onshore wind as a way of reducing carbon emissions. Initially, Natural Power was involved in the planning and consenting of onshore wind farms, developing expertise on a number of fronts including energy resource assessment and landscape impact studies. As the industry has grown, so has their service provision. Natural Power’s team now totals 380 experts who are on hand to offer advice and support across the project lifecycle of a range of renewable technologies. Since its inception, Natural Power has delivered work on over 2,000 renewable energy projects in 37 countries across the globe.

Energy4All was formed in 2002 to expand the number of renewable energy co-operatives in the UK as an integral part of our transition to a low carbon economy. Energy4All is looking at the possibility of new co-operatives delivering community owned heat networks supplied with waste heat from the Energy Parks. The aim of these projects is to make affordable heat available. Such projects will be owned by an Energy Cooperative which will return profits to its members in each instance. 

Dentons the world’s largest law firm has been supporting Agile on its journey to date , providing us with access to the largest array of legal talent in the world. The legal firm will put the resources of one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking law firms at our disposal.

Led by Bill Fowler, the Energy & Utilities team specializes in three key areas of the market: Oil & Gas, Renewables and Utilities. With a core team of 25+ lawyers, the dedicated multi-disciplinary renewables team includes specialists from MMS’ Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Capital Projects, Construction & Engineering, Corporate, EU, Competition & Regulatory, IP & Technology, Planning & Environmental, Property and Tax Departments.

Notch Architecture is a small and dynamic architectural practice focused on offering creative design solutions to get the best outcome. Notch Architecture enjoys the challenges of merging ideas with the reality of our environment and planning and budgets, and can draw experience from extensions through to larger residential and commercial projects.

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