Staffs Farm Produces Bioenergy from Rubbish
21 May 2010
digestion plant - image courtesy of WRAP
A farm at Lower Reule near Newcastle in
Staffordshire has started construction of a £3m
anaerobic digestion plant, due to be finished later this year. It
will supply 1.3MW of energy to the National Grid every year as well
as providing a way of dealing with up to 30,000 tonnes of food waste.
Inside the farm's newly constructed anaerobic digestion plant the
waste is converted into electricity and a nutrient rich
bio-fertiliser, or "digestate". It is expected to produce
electricity enough to power 1300 homes, and 13,500 tonnes of
bio-fertiliser a year, which is made from Newcastle-under-Lyme
Borough Council's food waste, everything from tea bags and banana
skins to egg shells and chicken bones, instead of fossil fuels.
The biogas from the AD plant will be
burned in a combined heat and power plant, with the heat to be used
to extend the growing season for crops on the farm - either
strawberries or asparagus.
Ian Critchley, director of Lower Reule
Bioenergy, said: "The AD plant offers a very exciting
diversification opportunity for the farm. Not only do we have
products to use and sell in the form of power and biofertiliser, we
also have excess heat available to extend our existing strawberry
business or possibly set up another enterprise."
Lower Reule Bioenergy has been
supported by a £750,000 grant from government waste reduction
Louise McGregor, supply programme
manager at WRAP, said: "Lower Reule Bioenergy provides a perfect
example of the scope and versatility of AD as a sustainable business
Food waste -
image courtesy of WRAP
"WRAP is committed to supporting
this technology, which will not only help to divert millions of
tonnes of biodegradable waste from landfill, but also help the UK
deliver on climate change and wider environmental objectives."
Trevor Nicoll, Head of Waste Strategy at Newcastle-under-Lyme
Borough Council, said: "We've had a great response to our
separate collections of food and garden waste with recycling rates
jumping from 27% to 53% in the month they were introduced.
of the reasons for this tremendous support is that people understand
how their food waste is being recycled in the local area to create
valuable resources and they are very supportive of the scheme."
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Retail & Organics
Programmes at WRAP said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting
Lower Reule Bioenergy. This new plant will be providing renewable
energy and a valuable resource to local agriculture as well as
diverting food waste away from landfill where it releases methane, a
powerful greenhouse gas.
"It will help both local
authorities and businesses in recycling their food waste, reducing
their environmental impact and potentially reducing costs."
Newcastle Waste Management
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