21 May 2010 03:05:10
Anaerobic digestion plant unveiled in Staffordshire
A new anaerobic digestion plant has been unveiled in Staffordshire which will provide sufficient energy to power over 1,000 homes.
The plant at Lower Reule Farm will use both farm waste and domestic waste collected from local houses, the council and supermarkets. Some 1,000 tonnes of slurry from the farm's pigs and 1,250 tonnes of maize silage will also be utilised.
According to the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADAB), there are currently significant barriers standing in the way of the development of such plants in the UK, as there is little training, financing or regulations within the industry.
However, this could change as the government has pledged to introduce measures to increase this form of energy production.
ADAB predicts that there could be 1,000 anaerobic digestion plants in the UK by the year 2020.
It is thought that the plant in Staffordshire will be able to produce 1.3MW of electricity for the National Gird each year, as well as enough energy to power itself.
Ian Critchley, director of Lower Reule Bioenergy, said: "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."