UK constructs first dairy-based biogas plant
The first European plant to provide anaerobic biogas from dairy waste from a cheese manufacturing facility will soon open in the county of Cumbria, England.
The cost of the project, led by Clearfleau, is estimated at £ 10 million and is expected to generate £3 million per year in income and savings, while providing the dairy with 25% of its energy needs.
At full capacity, the new facility is expected to treat 1,650 m3 of effluent per day and generate 5 MW of thermal energy.
Craig Chapman, the CEO of Clearfleau, commented: “The plant will produce 1000 m3 of biogas per hour, 80% of which will be released into the national system. At least 60% of the bio-methane will be used to produce steam in the dairy, while the rest will be used by local businesses and homes. ”
The plant is then a solution combining recycling, waste treatment and an extremely clever and innovative use of green energy, through the use of heat exchangers (click here to know more), especially as the residues come from a single dairy.
The expected date of commissioning has not yet been revealed.