Biogas Agricultural and Industrial Biogas Plants go Online

Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

Biogas projects in the UK are increasing. Weltec Biopower is building another two plants in the UK at the moment. The facilities go online in the next months the company said.

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Near completion: The agricultural 500 kW anaerobic digestion plant in Leicester will go into operation in the early spring.
Near completion: The agricultural 500 kW anaerobic digestion plant in Leicester will go into operation in the early spring.
(Bild: Weltec Biopower)

Vechta/Germany – The first two Weltec plants in the United Kingdom, which were established in 2006, were among the first 15 biogas plants of the entire plant population. In recognition of their overall concept, several projects have already won renowned UK awards.

In the next months, two new plants will go live in the UK: In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the 500-kW AD plant of the Foyle Food Group will commence operations. The industrial meat processing company will feed the 3000-m3 stainless-steel digesters entirely with waste from its own abattoirs in the vicinity, primarily with stomach contents and flotation fat. On site, Weltec has integrated a hygienisation unit, a 530-m3 digestate storage unit and the sturdy Multimix input system.

The new agricultural 500-kW plant in Leicester is a biogas plant that makes use of a conventional mix of renewable raw materials. The operator, an agricultural contractor with an own cropping farm, mainly uses maize silage as substrate.

Focus on biogas from organic waste

In 2010, the UK government bundled a package of measures that focus on the generation of biogas from organic waste. Every year, about 100 million tons of organic wastes (20 percent of which are food leftovers) accumulate in the country.

The UK is considered Europe‘s Number One in terms of biogas potential and belongs to the„202020 Network“. The objective of the countries participating in the network is to increase the share of green energy to 20 percent and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020. By then, 100 large and 1,000 smaller plants with a total output of approximately 1,100 MW are to be connected to the grid. From the technological perspective, there is no reason why the achievement of this goal should fail.

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