A Bird's-eye View of Our History
Robin Prior founds the Summerleaze Gravel Company to produce sand and gravel in the Thames Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1,000th wood pellet customer
Forever Fuels delivers wood pellets to its 1,000th customer.
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.
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.
10,000th blown wood pellet delivery
Forever Fuels makes its 10,000th blown delivery of wood pellets.
100,000th tonne of wood pellets
Forever Fuels has now delivered more than 100,000 tonnes of wood pellets since its formation.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.