Bourne firm plans to generate electricity and provide clean water for the third world

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A business hopes to revolutionise energy in the third world and provide clean water with a new method of generating solar power.

Larkfleet has submitted an application to South Kesteven District Council for a solar reflector rig, which if approved would be in place at its offices in Falcon Way in Bourne for three years.

The rig is a new and efficient method of generating power from the sun’s rays and can be computer controlled or in the third world could be manned by a small team.

Managing director of Larkfleet Karl Hick said: “The solar reflector rig provides an opportunity for investigation into a new method of low carbon energy generation and is just another example of Larkfleet’s commitment to innovation and energy efficiency.

“If permission is granted for construction of the rig, Larkfleet will use this as a research and development opportunity and hopes to gain a better understanding of the technology involved and its possible uses.”

The rig works by holding three metal rods, which are filled with high pressure water. Heat from the sun is focused on the rods and the steam from the water inside these rods drives an engine, which in turn drives electric generators.

Surplus steam is collected within the system and with no pollution. It can be converted into clean distilled water.

In the UK, energy generated from the rig could be ploughed back into the National Grid.

In the application, Larkfleet says getting permission would further consolidate its position as a leader in this type of technology.

The application says: “This is a technology that is of importance not only to this country but also to other European economies and emerging economies.”

As part of the plans, a fence would be put up around the rig. At its highest point the rig would be 18ft tall.

Mr Hick said the rig would compliment the demonstration house already at its Falcon Way site, which showcases a range of energy-saving methods. At its head offices there, the company has solar panels on the roof which have generated 12 per cent more electricity than predicted.

This means the company will save more than £140,000 in electricity bills over the next 25 years and raise more than £1.25m from the sale of electricity.