RJM International, the Winchester-based provider of emissions reduction solutions to power stations and large combustion plant has appointed Steve Cornwell as Senior Project Engineer.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in combustion engineering with equipment manufacturers, consultants and power generators and has expertise in the combustion of all fossil fuels, including coal oil and gas. He has also built up considerable expertise in biomass and will be applying his know-how and experience to the growing number of RJM generator clients that are seeking to mitigate their emissions of carbon through the introduction of co-firing biomass materials or converting 100% to biomass combustion.

Commenting on the appointment, John Goldring, Managing Director of RJM said, “New EU-wide emissions thresholds mean that generators are having to evaluate their input fuels and explore options for co-firing and possible convert fully to biomass.

“Since none of these plants were designed to fire biomass fuels, this imposes a whole set of new engineering, logistics and safety challenges upon plant operators.

“At RJM we are used to resolving the complex emissions challenges that generators face, particularly in relation to emissions of NOx but now we are increasingly being asked to address this “brave new world” of co-firing and biomass.

“Steve is one of the UK’s foremost experts in this field and we are delighted that he has joined us to work with our team of engineers in this important new segment of the marketplace, not just in the UK but throughout Europe,” he confirmed.

Steve Cornwell added, “RJM’s reputation as one of the leading combustion challenge specialists is well-deserved in the industry and I am very pleased to be part of the RJM team. The whole “biomass – yes or no” question is something that all generators are having to face up to and at RJM we have a compelling offer to steer them through this uncharted territory and actually devise and introduce new operating procedures to ensure profitable generation can continue,” he said.

Prior to joining RJM, Steve Cornwell was Principal Engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff and before that was a Senior Combustion Engineer in RWE npower’s central engineering team in Swindon. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey and is a Chartered Engineer. He has also published and presented a number of technical papers on various aspects of combustion and alternative fuels.