Slurry from a Scots farm running an AD-power (anaerobic digestion) scheme has helped the developer scoop a UK industry award. Biogest was awarded the prize for “Best international micro-scale plant” for its Biogest Power Compact technology, specially designed for dairy farms, operating on 100% slurry at the Littleton Farm in Dumfries-shire. Power Compact biogas plants with an electric supply of 100–300 kW have certain advantages concerning plant operation, energy efficiency and operation safety. Currently, four Power Compact biogas plants – built and financed by Biogest – are in operation in the UK. They are operated by partners in the agricultural sector and supported by Biogest technically and with regard to biological issues. The biogas has 124 kW electrical capacity and is able to cover not only its own energy needs, but also to supply approximately 370 households with energy, by feeding in to the public net-work. Thermal energy is used for drying sawdust and woodchips. The plant is fuelled exclusively with slurry, which, after processing within the biogas plant, is available as high-quality ecologic fertilizer.
Scottish Energy News 21st July 2016 read more »
An innovative project involving the world’s third largest ice cream manufacturer, R&R Ice Cream, Iona Capital and resource management company, Veolia, is using ice cream by-product for biogas to power the National Grid. The by-product consisting of sugar, fat and protein, which is left behind after production line cleansing, is to be transformed into biomethane, a biogas. This will then go to the National Grid to heat UK homes, thanks to the nearby Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility funded by Iona Capital and operated by Veolia. The R&R factory, based in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, is the UK’s largest producer of own label ice cream as well as top brands such as Nestlé’s Fab, Rowntrees’ Fruit Pastille lollies, and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate sticks, and now what’s left over from the production of these sweet treats will help power local homes.
Renewable Energy Focus 20th July 2016 read more »