Inside Snetterton Biomass Power Plant

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Snetterton Biomass Power Plant

The latest Biomass renewable energy plant to open in the UK was the Snetterton Biomass Power Plant. It sits on the Norfolk Suffolk border and officially opened in 2017.  The Plant was developed by BWSC East Anglia (also known as Beale). It is one of 15-20 similar sized biomass plants that are operating or under construction in the UK. Snetterton is a state of the art Renewable Energy Facility.

What is Biomass?

It uses straw supplemented by Miscanthus, Woodchip and OSR to produce seriously clean energy.  The plant works in much the same way as a coal fired power station.The difference between using biomass and coal or other fossil fuels is simply that the carbon released through burning biomass has only very recently been absorbed from the environment. It is part of the existing carbon cycle.

In common with other biomass materials straw biomasses all capture energy and CO2 through the process of photosynthesis as they grow, and when burned as a fuel release only the same amount of CO2 they captured, back into the atmosphere. Biomass is much better for the environment than coal and other fossil fuels as the carbon dioxide being released is not ‘new’. This means that the COin the straw being burned is already part of our balanced atmosphere as it was only relatively recently absorbed by those same plants. Fossil fuels however release CO2 which was absorbed thousands of years ago and so is not part of today’s atmosphere, adding to the CO2 levels which are part of the cause of global warming.

The carbon from fossil fuels was absorbed millions of years ago so when released adds to the carbon in the atmosphere. Biomass is burnt at really high temperatures with this heat used to turn water into steam which then powers a turbine generating electricity. Energy is then carried by cable to the national grid to be used across the region. The output generates enough electricity to power 82,000 homes.  Snetterton Biomass Power Plant burns just over 250 kilotons every year at full capacity with fuel sourced locally from farmers within a 50 mile radius. In plain terms.

Snetterton Biomass Power Plant

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Supporting the Local Economy

One of the key benefits of the Snetterton Biomass Power Plant was the positive impact it had on employment in the local area. The Snetterton Power Plant employs the vast majority of their workforce. Sucha We know that our Energy Plant is also an excellent educational resource so they continue to welcome schools, colleges, universities and interested groups on tours of the facility. If you think that your group would be interested in finding out more about how our Energy Plant operates, the biomass fuels we use, or any other part of what we do, then please do let us know and we will do our best to welcome you.

From the very outset, the plant had a focus on building positive relationships with the local community. The vast majority of the workforce were from the local community and local businesses were sourced to provide to provide from office supplies, construction materials, taxis and procurement of Commercial Photography services and Video Production form Lee Blanchflower Limited, itself, a Norwich based business.

Blanc Creative Commercial Photography

 

As Snetterton Biomass Power Plant Prepared for it’s official opening, the Lee Blanchflower Team were given privileged access to the very heart of the Renewable Energy Plant and assigned the task of documenting the Plant with three key areas of imagery including Commercial Photography, Corporate Video Production & Aerial Drone Filming. This was an exciting opportunity to combine the three key elements of our business to produce a short film showcasing a “Field to Fuel” overview of the process that makes the Snetterton Biomass Power Plant so special. If you’d like to see a little more from behind the doors of the Snetterton Biomass Power Plant, simply click the Video Below;

 

BWSC Biomass Renewable Energy Plant Snetterton from Blanc Creative on Vimeo.

Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

 

The culmination of the Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival is its 2-day Fair set against the backdrop of glorious Bungay Castle. The Festival showcases the best local produce to try and buy and a programme of cookery demonstrations. The River Waveney provides much of the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, providing the perfect backdrop to the rolling countryside and stunning views across the rich farmland. The Valley and its idyllic villages and small picturesque market towns are easy to explore and there are plenty of opportunities to visit local food producers, tea shops, restaurants and pubs. Visitors to theWaveney Valley Food and Drink Festival have the opportunity to browse the stands, tasting and buying an incredible array of delicious goodies such as cakes and pastries; organic vegetables; meat and poultry products; preserves and chutneys, oils and sauces as well as enjoying a programme of cookery and butchery demonstrations, live music and entertainment for the children. From award-winning ales from fabulous micro-breweries to fresh-pressed cider and apple juice, rare breed meats, artisan chocolates and talented local chefs – the Waveney Valley has it all so please join us for the Waveney Valley Food & Drink Festival.

Fosters Solicitors were proud to support Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival.  As a local business who are very much involved in the life and activities in Bungay and the Waveney area, Fosters Solicitors welcomed visitors to the showcase of local food and drink.

 

Who are Fosters Solicitors 

Founded in 1761 Fosters is an award winning law firm with offices across Norfolk and Suffolk including: Norwich, Wymondham, Lowestoft, Bungay, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Thetford and Kings Lynn. Fosters is one of East Anglia’s leading law firms. They are the only firm of Solicitors in Norwich that offer a full range of integrated services to businesses and individuals on a private and legally aided basis. They have Solicitors and Consultants who specialise in commercial law, business law, property, personal injury, probate, family law, criminal law and mediation. Fosters has a long standing reputation for providing first class professional legal services to its clients in Norfolk, Suffolk and nationally. The business prides itself on having Partners and Solicitors who are highly trained in specialist areas. This is reflected by the number of Solicitors and Partners being recognised as leading individuals in the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

You can view the full Waveney Food and Drink Festival Photography Gallery including the glorious food on offer by clicking HERE

Commercial Photography – Don’t Blag Your Portfolio

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Commercial Photography – Don’t Blag Your Portfolio

Commercial Photography Portfolios! I may be about to open a whole can of worms and approach a controversial subject matter, but it’s something that has been on my agenda for a while. I’m purposely opening up the comments tab on this post because I’d genuinely be interested to see what people’s opinions are surrounding some of the whole ethical side of this blog.

From my perspective, I run a commercial photography business. It’s called Blanc Creative and whatever way you choose to look at it, it falls into the bracket of Commercial Photography. 

I class myself as Commercial Photographer. I don’t run a wedding / portrait / party / model site all rolled into one, but I do own a Commercial Photography company providing high quality imagery to businesses of all size, to professional marketing agencies and Press Agencies. Our images are produced solely for a commercial photography purpose. Granted, I’m guilty of having a handful of galleries that reflect the ‘creative’ side of Blanc Creative such as the Travel Photography Portfolio. These are online to promote the fact that in 2013, I received The SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award in London. Blanc Creative have sold imagery to clients across the world and work is displayed in the Conference Room of Bay Cranes in New York, so I therefore feel that from a business perspective, the images fit the whole commercial criteria.

In my own mind, Commercial Photography has intent of either ‘Making our clients money through use of photography’ or ‘to create compelling visual images that reach the target audience of that brief that our clients have requested. Most of our commercial photography ends up being used for editorial business articles, press releases or advertising. CErtain genres of the Blanc Creative Brand, such a Music Photography or Celebrity Photography are assignments undertaken to make passive, longterm income, long after the initial payment.

Just because a client pays for images, I don’t consider this as commercial photography. If that were the case, every family portrait shoot or wedding would fall under this genre. I suppose, technically speaking, you could argue that portrait and wedding photographers fall into this category,  but with products that are only intended for a private end user, I don’t believe that these sort of shots fit the criteria.

The Great Untruth

The main issue for myself as a commercial photographer is ‘The Great Untruth’ that some photographers try to get away with in the industry when they palm themselves off as Commercial Photographers purely to give themselves an additional title when in reality, many have never pitched for a commercial project and would not know how to work in the commercial industry. Just because you have a home studio, a six light setup and can shoot a nice shot of a well  known brand of whiskey, the latest smart phone or a celebrity from the crowd of an intimate event, doesn’t mean you are a Commercial Photographer. To fall in this category, a business needs to have commissioned you to undertake the assignment on their behalf. It’s as simple as that, but all too often we see site after site of international brands and household products being blatantly flaunted as commercial photography, which would never ever see the light of day as part of any advertising campaign in a million years.

There are thousands of absolutely amazing photographers out there showcasing the most stunning of work but it doesn’t make you a commercial photographer. It’s about Commercial photographers helping people to promote their business.

Good commercial photography helps clients achieve their visions.

Commercial Photography for Bernard Matthews Big Green Plan 

Norfolk Farming Photography - Bernard Matthews

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VW Commercial Vehicle Press Release for Amorak Off Road Vehicle

Commercial photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Vauxhall Adam Editorial Shoot with Binky Alexander Felstead from TV’s Made in Chelsea

Commercial photography Norwich

Commercial photography Norwich

Badly Drawn Boy Concert Review Press coverage – The Guardian Newspaper

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La Tasca Restaurant Chain Interior Photography 

Commercial Photography Norwich

La Tasca Spanish Tapas
La Tasca Spanish Tapas

Winsor Bishop Sparkle at Royal Norfolk Show 2014

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Winsor Bishop, premier Norwich Jewellery store, really did embraced the true meaning of a very Royal Norfolk show when their spectacular Avenue 6 store received a visit from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex Price Edward popped in for a chat with Winsor Bishop owner,  Sophie Fulford as he made his way around the Norfolk Showground on a glorious day, where the weather held and the inevitable rain thankfully stayed away.

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