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16 Jun 2009 03:06:42

Biogas to power homes and transport in Manchester

Biogas to power homes and transport in Manchester
An innovative biogas scheme in the UK city of Manchester is moving ahead thanks to funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

United Utilities and National Grid are working together to convert biomethane produced as a by-product of wastewater treatment into fuel for the local gas pipeline network and a fleet of sludge tankers.

Biogas is produced by microbes when wastewater sludge is broken down in a process that is known as anaerobic digestion.

The gas will be treated and conditioned at a wastewater plant in Davyhulme, near Manchester, to remove carbon dioxide and biomethane, before being injected into the gas grid.

Janine Freeman, head of sustainable gas at National Grid, said: "Biomethane is a fuel for the future.

"Renewable electricity from sources such as wind power is already available, but this is the first time we will be able to supply renewable gas to consumers."

The £4.3 million scheme is expected to be operational by the beginning of 2011 and will initially provide gas to 500 homes.

National Grid, which manages gas and electric power transmission networks across the UK, has pledged to reduce its own emissions by 80 percent by 2050.



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