The Duke of York has spent the day in South Yorkshire, visiting a number of organisations connected to his work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Education and Skills.
His Royal Highness started the day by officially opened the Templeborough Biomass Power Plant in Rotherham.
The plant generates clean, green energy using waste wood as fuel and will save 150,000 tons of CO2 every year. The waste wood fuel is collected from municipal waste sites, construction sites & other industrial and commercial waste collections, processed by shredding and then sent to Templeborough – saving 260,000 tonnes per year from landfill.
The plant plays an important role in the local economy, with the fuel collection & processing supply chain, operated by Stobart at their processing plant a mile away, is from mostly family owned small-scale wood collectors – providing many local employment opportunities.
At University Centre Rotherham, The Duke of York meets students who are benefitting from the new £10.5 million campus and its specialist teaching facilities, seminar and lecture rooms, library, café and independent and group study spaces.
The Centre is a key element strategy to regenerate Rotherham and improve its economy by increasing access higher-level training, including degrees, where the fees are well below those charged by universities.
To finish the day in South Yorkshire, The Duke of York tours Doncasters Bramah – a state-of-the-art aerospace facility and leading supplier of civil and military exhaust systems.
Founded in 1778 by Daniel Doncaster, who established how to apply the crucible steel-making process to manufacture hand tools, the organisation is now one of the longest continuously operating industrial manufacturing companies in the world.