The FINANCIAL — Work is close to completion on a new Anaerobic Digestion plant in March, as operators Local Generation Ltd secure new funding from RBS to support the opening of the plant by the year end.
According to The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, the new 30,000 tonne plant will transform food waste into renewable energy and practical green products using a natural process called anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic Digestion is beneficial to the environment as it reduces harmful emissions which destroy the ozone layer and offers waste producers an alternative to rising landfill costs.
The process is widely regarded as one of the leading solutions for the reduction of methane gas and it is predicted that the site could reduce local landfill by as much as 30,000 tonnes per year. Once open the plant will produce green electricity and heat as well as a soil conditioner for farmers reducing the need for fossil fuel derived inorganic fertilizer.
The process of anaerobic digestion can handle all types of food waste. The plant will sort, de-package and process waste to form a slurry mixture which is then heated and pasteurised. Organic materials will be broken down by micro-organisms which will produce biogas, that is then used to generate electricity and heat.
Building of the plant has taken place throughout 2011, funded by shareholders and a grant of £1.425m from WRAP. Funds to complete the last part of the phase one plant and to cover initial operating costs, of £2.1m have been provided by RBS. Run by an experienced management team, Local Generation see the March site as the first in a portfolio of green energy plants as the UK faces up to energy generation challenges. The March plant has created 10 new jobs.