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Severn Trent To Invest 20m In New Anaerobic Digestion Treatment Plant


Severn Trent, one of the biggest water and waste water treatment firms in the UK, has announced that it’ll be investing approximately £20 million in a new food waste and green gas facility at its site in Spondon, Derby.

Some 50,000 tonnes of food waste will be turned into renewable gas each year, which will then be pumped into the distribution network. Innovative technology will be used to replicate the processes of the human body – digesting food to turn it into gas that can then be used in businesses and homes in the local area.

The contract to build the facility has been awarded to engineering company Jones Celtic BioEnergy, with the site expected to be similar to the existing plant in Coleshill. Another one in Roundhill near Stourbridge is also now nearing completion.

Lead on the project Peter Ravenscroft said: “We currently generate the equivalent of more than a third of the energy we use through renewable sources, and we’re aiming to increase that to 50 per cent by 2020. If everything goes to plan we expect the new food waste plant in Spondon to be in use by the middle of 2018 and it will have a big impact on helping us reach that ambitious target.”

It seems as though biogas and anaerobic digestion is proving particularly attractive at the moment. A report from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association in July revealed that more than one million homes here in the UK are now powered by anaerobic digestion.

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