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Centre of Renewable Energy (CORE)

CORE is a commercial building designed to demonstrate how our homes and offices can use renewable energy and which products will be viable both practically and economically. CORE is a sustainable building, producing all its energy from renewable and sustainable sources.

COREís main building materials have all been sourced locally and derived from by products at the nearby coal fired power station at Cottam, which is only 5 miles away. Our woodchip District Heating System already heating our offices with Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps for heating and air conditioning.The development is surrounded by our farm which produces renewable fuel for our local district heat main, the local school and the nearby power station. We believe that this closes the perfect sustainability chain in an ideal way. more

Conferencing and Meeting Facilities at CORE

There is now an alternative to the traditional meeting venue. Set in rural Nottinghamshire within the largest willow plantation in the world, it has good access to road, rail and local airports. CORE is unique in having been built as a sustainable conference and office suite which not only utilises the latest green technologies but measures them in real time so that you know the exact impact of your meeting on the environment. Furthermore, you can be happy in the knowledge that the energy consumed has been produced using carbon neutral wind, solar and biomass energy sources. more info

Environmental Impact of the CORE Building

Using state of the art monitoring equipment, we are able to calculate in real time our self sufficiency in terms of energy production and the pay back for each item of equipment.

We can calculate in real time, heating, electricity and water consumption and generation. Also we can calculate how much energy is generated from our wind turbine situated on the CORE site. A novel feature is that when you book a meeting room at CORE we can measure the impact in terms of energy used.

Willow Production at CORE

The Centre of Renewable Energy is surrounded by the largest willow plantation in Europe and supplies a wide range of renewable energy products including biomass fuel, biomass boilers, wood fuel stoves, ground and air source heat pumps, solar heating and many more. more

Our Willow plantations provide havens for birds, mammals and insects. We only harvest in the winter, providing minimal disturbance to this wildlife. Watch Video

CORE Facility Visits & Tours

Sustainable Energies Awareness Day - Spend a day hearing about and looking at the various types of renewable energy equipment available, whilst gaining a better understanding of the Government’s FITs and RHI initiatives.
Site Tour - Walk and talk session around the site including Wind Turbine and Willow fields. Educational packages and tours can be arranged, as required.

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CORE plays host to some of the UK's most innovative, sustainable technology companies who either manufacture, supply or advise on their application and installation.

Strawsons Storage Strawsons Storage
We have extensive on-site storage facilities available for rent. For more details, please call 01777 248 749 more

Strawsons EnergyStrawsons Energy
Strawsons Energy is the world's single largest grower and supplier of willow short rotation coppice (SRC). more

HovalHoval Ltd
Hoval offer specialist training courses, many associated with the application of renewable technologies. more

IEP EnvironmentIEP Environment
As an independent provider IEP provides strategic advise and enabling services for wind energy projects. more

Go GeothermalGo Geothermal
Suppliers of domestic & commercial Ground Source, Water & Air Source and Solar products. more

Specialise in providing solutions for the storage & handling of liquids across various industry sectors more

Outklass FitnessOutklass Fitness
Personal and group training from highly qualified trainers and strength and conditioning coaches. more

Quality biomass energy, delivering renewable energy in its most efficient form. more


CORE is situated 4 miles from the A1, 15 miles from Lincoln; Retford Station 8 miles, Newark Station 15 miles; Travel Lodge 5 miles, Best Western Hotel 10 miles.

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