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Paul Apps , principal,  is a Chartered Engineer, with over 35 years’ experience with plant development and operations.  His core capability is assisting with defining practical, operable and maintainable solutions, justifying them to owners and operators and nurturing them from concept to economic operation.

Futurbio Ltd was set up in 2003 providing advisory services to projects in development and plant operations.  This has included economic assessment, conceptual design, organisation development, preparation of quality management systems, due diligence and expert witness services.  The most recent assignment being the technical development of the  JG Pears (Power) Ltd biomass CHP  9MWe + 28MWth, fully opeartional June 2018.

From 1988 – 2003,  as technical co-founder of Fibrowatt Ltd he held responsibility for the development and construction of the Fibropower, the UK’s first large scale biomass waste combustion plant on a project financed own–operate basis. Subsequently as operations director he was responsible as owner for commissioning and operation of the Fibropower, Fibrogen and Fibrothetford plants 65MWe in total.  During that period he also set up and managed a project for the UK government to incinerate of 85kt of animal waste arising from the BSE crisis including project development and conversion of the operational Fibrogen power plant for incineration duty.

An early career in the Royal Navy, starting as an electrical artificer apprentice and latterly as a seagoing engineer officer provided foundation experience in mechanical and electrical plant operations resulting in a practical approach to engineering solutions and a keen interest in maintenance management for reliability.  This was followed in 1980 by five years with a major UK engineering consultancy working on desalination and gas turbine power projects, then five years with an international process engineering contractor developing CHP projects in the UK and authoring utility systems management procedures for a refinery project in Saudi Arabia.