A Midas Productions case study
“One thing I particularly like about working with Midas is that they are as passionate about sustainability issues as we are at River Cottage. So much so that they insist on only sourcing their biodiesel from manufacturers that they know and trust. It’s good to work with a company with such integrity.”
– Simon Dodd, Head of Operations
Background & Challenges
River Cottage HQ, found on the Devon and Dorset border is a purpose-built, award-winning Cookery School and events venue. It is the brainchild of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, a well-known writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically-produced food.
The success of the Cookery School had seen it expand in recent years. However, by 2010, this had begun to place too much pressure on the original power supply, and an environmentally-friendly upgrade was required.
Green Solution Outcomes
- Midas advised RCHQ on possible generator solutions;
- Sourced, installed, and tested the chosen generator;
- On-going consultancy for future energy-saving measures.
Midas advised installing a semi-permanent generator to power the ovens for the Cookery School, with additional output for the Events Barn on an ‘as-needs basis’.
A JCB G40 RX machine was selected to handle all the power requirements. The cabling was laid, then the machine, remote tank, and fuel were all lifted into place and tested within two hours – it’s amazing what can be done when outstanding food and a warm fireside beckons!
In keeping with the holistic approach of RCHQ, conversations are already underway to explore the possibilities of reusing the waste vegetable oil generated from the kitchens to power the generator.