Patentsbhsl has received formal patent approval from the European Patent Office for its ‘Chicken Rearing Process‘. This process patent offers protection in the 28 EU member states plus 8 other countries closely associated with EU (Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, Monaco, Macedonia, Iceland, San Marino & Liechtenstein).bhsl has also received formal patent approval for Mexico for the same process outlined above. All other applications are pending and we expect final decisions for our chosen territories within the next 6-12 months.
We completed successful installations at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire (under contract to Cofely GDF Suez), Glangwili Hospital in Camarthenshire, Wales (under contract to Eco/British Gas) and Stockport Council (under contract to British Gas).
We also won 2 new projects at St Mary’s School with Energy Innovations and Oldham Council with British Gas. The combined value of both projects is €450k.
Award Notification in the USA
bhsl has been awarded the top prize in a Dept. of Agriculture competition in the State of Maryland, USA to resolve an environmental, political and food production challenge by installing its FBC system on Bob Murphy’s poultry farm. The award notification was issued in June for $970,000.
The full installation will cost $2.4m and we are working to obtain the required funding to bridge the gap. Poultry Manure is a huge environmental issue for the Chesapeake Bay area and is deemed responsible for 40% of the pollution in the bay region. Clearly we must find the required funding before we sign any contract but it is a high profile win for bhsl.
Electricity Development (CHP)
The technical team will complete design of its Combined Heat and Power in July. We have engaged an internationally recognised firm, Mott MacDonald to peer review and carry out Hazop on the final CHP design. We expect to announce our first installation of this exciting new product in the next quarter.
bhsl to meet UK Under Secretary of State
Nigel Joice and Declan O’Connor will meet Under Secretary of State for the Natural Environment, Water & Rural Affairs, George Eustice in Westminster on July 15th to mark the day the new rules for poultry manure come into law across Europe. Nigel & Patrick Joice of Uphouse Farm will be the first farm approved in Europe.
The IT Department has recently hired an Applications Developer, Aiden Kellegher, to build the bhsl Web Portal. The first web application for supporting the Operations and Toploader Sales parts of the business has been released and the focus now is to build the Customer Web Portal. This will be used by site owners to view the operation of their Energy Centre and oversee the processes required by the new Regulations for using an Animal By Product as a Fuel.
Message of Welcome
Welcome to the second edition of our quarterly investor update. During the last quarter the company has seen significant progress on Regulation, Patents and development of our new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant.
Most importantly, we have developed a strong sales pipeline for our Fluidised Bed System in the UK Poultry Market with closing decisions on a number of deals expected in the next quarter. We have also won 2 new Toploader projects with a combined value of €450k.
We are now entering a significant chapter in our company’s history during this commercialisation phase. Our regulatory success has created a new ‘manure to energy’ market for the poultry sector across the EU and converting leads to sales will establish bhsl as the market leader.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter and as always thank you for your continued support of the business.
On June 3rd, the long wait for regulatory approval ended when Rules to enable poultry farmers to use their manure as a fuel in combustion on farms were published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Publication occurred in the Commission Regulation (EU) No 592/2014 of 3 June 2014 Amending Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 as regards the use of animal by-products and derived products as a fuel in combustion plants. Because it is a Regulation it will come into force as written in all 28 EU Member States on July 15th (and be accepted in the EEA countries such as Switzerland and Norway).
bhsl has been the industry leader behind this Regulation so it is fitting that Nigel & Patrick Joice who has two bhsl FBC 500 combustion plants installed on his farm in Norfolk received the first formal conditional approval in the UK under this new Regulation from the AHVLA (see picture above).
The AHVLA has put the application form for those farmers who wish to be approved on their web site here. bhsl has been profiled extensively in the July edition of the Poultry World.
The publication of Regulation 592/2014 heralds the start of a new era for EU poultry farmers to be authorised to use their own poultry manure to provide energy on their farms.
From February there has been growing awareness of our Poultry Manure system. Since June 3rd when the rules were finally published, the level of interest has grown significantly and we are now working with two of the major integrators on development of detailed proposals. The value of the current proposals is £40m with future business from these corporate clients worth in excess of £200m. We are engaging a team of professionals to support the delivery of our Marketing and Sales strategy. This team will bring a huge amount of experience to help us access our target market successfully.
We are working closely with two of the largest Integrators in the UK poultry market who between them represent 60% of the market. We are developing solutions for over 200 company owned farms between the two firms. We have also developed a funding facility for clients by third party investors.
UK Independent Farmers
We have made significant progress with a number of Independent farmers which we are managing through structured process. Our current product offering is suited to the larger poultry farms with a flock size of 200,000 birds or more. We are actively engaged with over 20 farmers who have over 30 farms in their ownership.
European Market Study
In the last quarter we completed a detailed market study of the European poultry market plus associated incentives schemes being offered by the various European governments. Clearly the UK is our primary market but we will be engaging in Dutch, German and French markets over the coming 6 months to prime new markets for 2015. The largest integrator in France, LDC (1000 contracted farmers) will visit Uphouse Farm on the 9th of July.
Our Corporate Finance advisers in London have connected us with two large investment funds whose core focus is renewable energy. Both funds are backed by the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank and have expressed interest in providing a £10m investment in bhsl’s initial projects. We have also attracted the interest of boutique funders to invest on a farm-by-farm basis with private farmers.