10 Jun 2009 01:06:07
Food waste power network to be established in UK
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has been given a boost by the announcement of a partnership between food recycling specialist PDM Group and European food-to-energy company SARIA Bio-Industries.
Together, the companies will establish a network of AD plants across the country that will be able to process waste food into electricity.
A similar power generation scheme is already running in Germany, where four such plants are operating, fed by a network of 14 waste and recycling logistics centres that collect food from all over the nation.
The joint venture, known as ReFood, will operate in much the same way, with collection points dispersed across the country and supported by several AD facilities.
Planning permission has been granted for the first ReFood UK AD plant, which is to be built in Doncaster and will have the capacity to process 45,000 tonnes of food waste a year, turning it into 2MW of renewable energy in the form of heat and electricity.
Franz Bernhard Thier, a member of the board at SARIA Bio-Industries, said: "ReFood has been operating on an industrial scale successfully in Germany for a number of years.
PDM's commercial services director Philip Simpson added that ReFood will provide a massive boost to the UK's anaerobic digestion sector.
"As a nation, we are lagging behind our European counterparts when it comes to both food waste recycling and AD technology needed to handle it," he said.http://www.refood.co.uk/refooduk/services/