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04 Nov 2008 05:11:44

Distiller to cut emissions and effluent with biomass plant

Distiller to cut emissions and effluent with biomass plant
A distiller's plan to reduce carbon emissions, power its facility and purify waste water has received approval.

Diageo, the world's largest alcohol company, has proposed to build a £65 million biomass power plant that will burn solids removed from the industrial effluent.

The 5.5 megawatt biomass plant is to provide 80 per cent of the Cameronbridge facility's electricity and 98 per cent of its steam.

Biomass will be extracted from the effluent stream, which was found to have too much wheat, malted barley and yeast to dump into the River Forth.

After the biomass is removed from the effluent, the water will be put in anaerobic digestion tanks, where nutrients will be decomposed by bacteria which will produce biogas.

Councillor Ally Hunter told the Courier: "It's a significant step forward environmentally and I think Diageo should be congratulated. It sets the bar higher for others to follow and I’m really proud to have this in this area."

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has committed Scotland to generating 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.



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