Graham’s The Family Dairy has submitted plans to Fife Council proposing a low carbon heat project for their cheese production facility at the Glenfield Industrial estate in Cowdenbeath. The proposed plant is set to generate and distribute bioenergy for onsite heat and power. A first for Scotland’s dairy industry, it will position Fife at the forefront of innovative decarbonisation solutions for the food and drink sector. These ground-breaking plans are in response to the challenges set out by Scottish Government in their Energy Strategy and the transition within the dairy sector to zero carbon operational processes. The project forms part of the flagship Low Carbon Innovation Transition Programme (LCITP) for Heat and Industry and was awarded grant support in 2020 to deliver the proposed development alongside a Skills Development and Information Exchange to support Fife’s Clean Growth Agenda. The aim is to complete the project by the spring of 2021. The low carbon effluent treatment plant is an innovative solution to utilising waste residue (whey) from cheese making to produce green heat and electricity, that will be used on the site through a closed pipe network. As part of Graham’s wider green investment plans for business, the proposed development will generate renewable power that will deliver: 80% of the site’s baseload electricity; 50% of peak electric load; 50% of boiler gas supply; 20% reduction in vehicle and traffic flow to and from the site; 50% reduction in effluent disposal, a saving of 62.94 kgCO2e/h.
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