Timeline | Forever Fuels

Our History

A Bird's-eye View of Our History

  • 1928

    Summerleaze founded

    Robin Prior founds the Summerleaze Gravel Company to produce sand and gravel in the Thames Valley.

  • 1981

    Summerleaze invests in renewable energy

    Robin's son Peter makes Summerleaze's first investment in renewable energy - a commercial demonstration project with Warwick University to run Summerleaze's trucks on purified and liquefied landfill gas.

  • 1987

    Wapseys Wood power station opens

    Summerleaze commissions its first renewable-energy power station, producing electricity from landfill gas at Gerrards Cross. Over 20 years, the business grows to become one of the largest renewable generators of the time, producing 300 GWh/year by the mid 2000s.

  • 2004

    The Energy Crops Company founded

    The Energy Crops Company (ECC) is established by Graham Hilton and John Young in Cobham, Surrey in 2004, with a vision for ECC to take a leading role in the infant wood pellet heating market. ECC secure the NottsCC contract and start operating from Retford.

  • 2007

    Forever Fuels founded

    Forever Fuels (FF) is formed as a joint venture between Summerleaze and ECC to take forward ECC's wood pellet supply business. ECC use the investment to purchase FF's first pressurised tanker - the first specialist wood pellet tanker in mainland GB.

  • 2008

    Summerleaze takes over Forever Fuels

    To fund Forever Fuels' rapid expansion, Summerleaze takes 100% ownership and management control (under Peter's son, Bruno). Forever Fuels' second depot is opened in Maidenhead.

  • Summer 2009

    Expansion in the West

    Forever Fuels opens its wood pellet import, storage and bagging facility in Avonmouth, and orders the first bespoke wood pellet depot, for Okehampton, Devon. The unit begins operating in 2010.

  • January 2011

    National wood pellet coverage

    FF orders five more bespoke wood pellet depots, for Middlewich, Newmarket, Fishburn, East Kilbride and Capel Hendre. Along with existing sites and trucks based at manufacturers' facilities, FF now offers local deliveries in most of GB.

  • November 2011

    Renewable Heat Incentive launches

    The RHI is finally launched, although restricted to non-domestic customers until 2014. After 6 months of inertia, this prompts 3 years of rapid growth for small-scale biomass heat and Forever Fuels.

  • January 2012

    1,000th wood pellet customer

    Forever Fuels delivers wood pellets to its 1,000th customer.

  • February 2012

    Tenth wood pellet tanker

    FF's tenth wood pellet tanker (LM61 HMC, standard 6-wheeler) goes in to operation. Investing ahead of the market to provide national coverage, FF has more pellet tankers than all other operators combined.

  • October 2013

    2,000th wood pellet customer

    Forever Fuels delivers wood pellets to its 2,000th customer. It took over 50 months to reach the first thousand, and just 20 months for the next thousand.

  • January 2014

    10,000th blown wood pellet delivery

    Forever Fuels makes its 10,000th blown delivery of wood pellets.

  • October 2014

    100,000th tonne of wood pellets

    Forever Fuels has now delivered more than 100,000 tonnes of wood pellets since its formation.

  • November 2014

    Twentieth wood pellet tanker

    Ramping up for the winter in a rapidly-growing market, Forever Fuels takes delivery of LN64GDO, its twentieth wood pellet tanker - one of a posse of 4-wheelers to provide deliveries where other suppliers struggle to gain access.

  • May 2015

    20,000th blown pellet delivery

    Forever Fuels makes its 20,000th blown delivery of wood pellets. Whereas the first 10,000 took 6 years, the second 10,000 took 18 months.

  • June 2015

    5,000th customer & Company of the Year

    A big month for us: Forever Fuels wins Company of the Year at the Renewable Energy Association Awards, and delivers to its 5,000th customer (not on the same night).

  • December 2015

    30th tanker & 10,000th pallet

    Another big month: Forever Fuels takes delivery of its 30th specialist wood pellet tanker (LN65UUH - one of a set of 8-wheelers expanding our offering to larger customers), and supplies its 10,000th pallet of bagged wood pellets.

  • June 2016

    200,000th tonne of wood pellets

    Our next milestone: 200,000 tonnes of wood pellets supplied to British customers. Shortly afterwards, we also crossed the 1,000,000 MWh frontier - Forever Fuels customers have now displaced 1,000 GWh of fossil fuels.

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Sustainable wood pellets, authorised by the Biomass Suppliers List (ID:BSL0037716-*) From sustainably-sourced virgin fibre, certified by the FSC (Cert.No. C130395) ENplus A1 accredited wood pellet trader (ID:UK302) Operating to ISO 9001 standard, audited by ACS Operating to ISO 14001 standard, audited by ACS Wood Heat Association member UK Pellet Council member REA Awards Winner 2015: Company of the Year