Back in time: Energy from green waste

by | Dec 1, 2017 | Anaerobic digestion

In the first of a possibly irregular ‘Back in time’ series, we wind the clock back to August 2014, and to the planning stages of our anaerobic digestion facility in partnership with AB Agri.

As part of our plans for organic recovery, anaerobic digestion (AD) is the next major addition to our processing portfolio, as a green energy technology and way of creating a high nutritional content fertiliser.

An area of 5 acres of our facility has been set aside for this system and a partner has now joined to help build and operate the system. AB Agri – part of the Associated British Food Group – are planning to build an 82,000 ton per annum AD facility.

The company will be working alongside us to recover waste streams and produce clean gas for direct injection and electricity for use in the national grid.

The £15 million pound facility is a 3 stage system which ensures the waste is digested three times through the cycle for maximum recovery. The digestate will then be traded direct to local farming concerns and also blended with finished composts to create an even higher grade of fertiliser.

AB Agri - Associated British Foods

In the intervening three and a half years – and over a year since the facility achieved successful injection to the grid – it’s become clear that the UK green energy market is only going to get bigger and more important to overall energy production.

Diverting this waste from landfill makes a significant contribution in mitigating climate change, and the by-product of quality fertilisers forms an important part of the circular economy, going back to the land to help grow new produce.

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