Food waste to power Warwickshire housing estate

A UK bio-power company is to build a recycling plant which will power up to 2000 homes by generating electricity from food waste.

The anaerobic digestion plant is to be built by BiogenGreenfinch on the Merevale & Blyth Estate in Warwickshire. It will treat up to 45,000 tonnes of food waste per year from households, food manufacturers and food retailers in the region, generating renewable electricity for the grid and producing a biofertiliser for use on the surrounding farmland.

“Merevale is an excellent site for an AD plant – centrally located with excellent transport links to nearby large population centres," said Richard Barker, BiogenGreenfinch's CEO.

The anaerobic digester breaks food waste down, producing methane gas which is used to generate electricity and heat. What remains is a liquid fertiliser, which can substitute for fossil fuel derived fertilisers.

"This is a definite win-win-win project," Barker declared. "We are diverting food waste from landfill, we are generating renewable electricity for the national grid and also delivering a fantastic biofertiliser for crops on the land around the plant."

He said that BiogenGreenfinch already has three anaerobic digestion facilities in operation in Shropshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, with more planned around the country.

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