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Over 1 Million Homes Powered By AD


Anaerobic digestion (AD) now powers over one million homes in the UK, a new report has revealed.

The July 2017 market report from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) highlighted the impact that AD is having on the UK’s energy market. According to its findings, AD capacity in the UK has increased by 18 per cent between 2015 and 2016 and now stands at 730 MWe-e.

The organisation also noted that operational performance within the sector has improved in the past 12 months, with load factors reaching 73 per cent in 2016, up from 69 per cent a year earlier.

Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, described the fact that AD can power one million homes as “a great milestone”.

However, she stressed that better government support is required if the sector is to reach its potential in the UK by providing more power and helping reduce carbon emissions.

“There is currently a desperate lack of long-term policy support for AD, particularly in heat and transport, areas where AD can make a significant contribution to decarbonisation,” she asserted.

Ms Morton went on to call on the government to provide greater certainty for the industry in the short and long term, adding that greater support at this level could help the sector grow significantly.

Last month the ADBA noted that AD is the third-largest source of low-carbon heat generation, after electricity consumption for heat and biomass.

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