15 Jun 2011 12:06:08
Action plan for future anaerobic digestion deployment published
Anaerobic digestion (AD) deployment could reach between three and five TeraWatt hours (TWh) by 2020, according to estimates laid out by the government.
Following consultation with members of the industry, the coalition has published its AD strategy, aimed at identifying and overcoming the barriers to its deployment.
Included in the plan is guidance on the costs and benefits of AD to developers, evidence on the value of digestates, details on the provision of training for AD operators and examples of best practice.
However, it does not set out specific targets for the use of AD and regional strategies, leaving it up to communities and industry to decide the technology most suitable for use.
While it produced an estimate of three to five TWhs based on current information and the assumption that the plan brought down barriers to development, the government admitted it cannot yet offer a "definitive" answer on AD's growth potential.
Energy minister Charles Hendry added: "We are already making it financially attractive to turn waste into electricity under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme and soon there'll be similar incentives to generate heat too."