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21 May 2010 03:05:10

Anaerobic digestion plant unveiled in Staffordshire

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."ADNFCR-1235-ID-19792786-ADNFCR

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22 May 2010

This is most recent anaerobic digestion development that came on stream in January 2010; it is already moving in to a second phase. This project was started in August 2009. The first phase was the installation of a digester and feed equipment together with 600kW CHP unit running initially on pig slurry and maize; this has moved swiftly to a substrate of food waste. The second phase will be the installation of further digester capacity and a second 800kW CHP unit bringing total electrical capacity to 1.4MW; all substrate is expected to be food waste.

The next development that is expected to come on stream is a 1MW plant near Northampton. This plant is planned to come on in two stages of 500kW; the first phase is expected to be on stream in August 2010. The substrate will be food waste.

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