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£3 million anaerobic digester begins construction

Following two-and-a-half years of planning, Harper Adams University College, located in Edgmond, UK will finally see work begin on its £3 million (€3.6 million) renewable power system.

The turf cutting ceremony took place on 4 August and brought together all the major partners, including plant designer BiogenGreenfinch, energy company E.ON and local contractor Adonis Construction.

The Shropshire campus at Harper Adams is one of just three England-based higher education institutions to have won a share of £10 million awarded by the Revolving Green Fund for ‘transformational’ projects.

When up and running in March next year the AD plant will generate heat and power from farm and food waste. As well as offsetting campus carbon emissions more than three times over, the unit will also create jobs.

Harper Adams’ principle David Llewellyn said: ‘Biogas will fuel a unit producing both heat and power meaning we will be sheltered from fluctuating energy prices for at least the next 10 years and will make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for our campus.’