It will process left overs from households and businesses in Denbighshire …

March 30, 2014 by  
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A new green energy plant which will be powered by food waste is on track to be generating electricity by the summer.

Renewable energy specialist BIOGEN is building and will be operating the 22,500 tonne-a-year food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near St Asaph.

It will process left overs from households and businesses in Denbighshire , Conwy and Flintshire generating enough renewable electricity for approximately 1,500 homes as well as a bio-fertiliser for local farmland.

The work is being completed on behalf of the North Wales Consortium of Denbighshire, Conwy and Flintshire councils.

So far, the main reception hall building, bio-fertiliser storage tanks and the bund walls have all been finished.

A combined heat and power (CHP) unit responsible for generating the electricity is in now place, as is a new substation and high voltage cabling. Special tanks, which will harvest rainwater on site, have also been installed.

Sam Bates, waste operations manager at Denbighshire Council said: “The site is progressing well and the authorities are looking forward to the facility being up and running”.

Simon Musther, head of commercial operations at BIOGEN said: “This is a great opportunity for any commercial operator who is looking for a food waste management solution.  Recycling food waste at the Waen AD plant will ensure cost savings and environmental benefits to the local area making this a real win-win.”

Commissioning of the plant is due to begin in mid-May and will be fully operational this summer.

Biogen currently has three operational food waste AD plants and five other sites at various stages of development throughout Wales, England and Scotland.

In North Wales, it also operates the GwyriAD plant at Llwyn Isaf, Clynnog Fawr near Caernarfon.

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