Commercial food waste anaerobic digestion specialists Emerald Biogas have opened a new commercial food waste anaerobic digestion plant, which is the first of it’s kind in the north east of the country. Located in County Durham, the plant cost £8m to create and aims to power approximately 2,000 homes throughout the year. There are plans to expand the plant further to up to four times it’s current size and permission for this move has already been granted, which is excellent news for the surrounding homes. As well as food waste, the plant has also been designed to deal with other materials such as plastic. Any material which the plant can’t handle are further diverted from ending up at landfill & taken to recycling plants.
Emerald Biogas director Antony Warren said “This truly is a one of a kind facility in the North East and the first in the region to begin operating. We are now in the position to accept and process unwanted commercial food waste and employ the latest AD technology to create a valued commodity that will be extremely beneficial to the local businesses and farming community.’
It’s not only electricity that this plant will produce a digestate, which is nutrient rich and perfect for fertilizing farmers crops without the need for chemical based substances that could be harmful to the environment. The more natural the better, so we can all enjoy a little peace of mind in knowing that this will replace chemical products. This will be what’s left of the 50,000 tonnes collected from businesses, schools & other places in the area. The various kinds of bacteria break the waste down, which produces gas, allowing the production of electricity.
Resource Management Minister Dan Rogerson was quoted saying “Dealing with waste and recycling properly is good for the environment and good for businesses, creating a stronger economy and jobs. Our AD loan fund has helped to support the development of this plant which will treat food waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and recycle valuable nutrients back to the land.”
It may have cost a lot to build but here at Green Cares we think it’s great to see progress that helps to protect the environment by giving us all new sources for renewable energy.