Breezing to £800,000

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A company will be getting up to £800,000 from the government to set up a production system to make breeze blocks out of recycled paper.

Econovate, in Frogmore Road, Hemel Hempstead, was one of 30 projects selected under the epartment of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) £16million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.

Econovate managing director Marga Pelli said: “We are hoping that this support will allow us bring to the market a wonderful product that will transform the construction industry.”

The production plant will be capable of producing up to 1.5 million ‘econobloks’ a year. It will undergo trials this year with the aim being to certify the product by the beginning of 2014.

Econovate’s idea is to use low-grade waste paper and cardboard to create superior construction products. They believe they can take the product around the world.

The econoblok combines technologies from different industries to manufacture fibre-cellulose based breeze block.

Econovate is now setting up its new premises, procuring the machinery and recruiting new personnel.

The project is to design and commission the built of the production process plant that will be able to produce the blocks in a semi-automatic process.

Up to £800,000 will be spent to help Econovate produce a product to sell on a commercial basis.