Isle of Wight biogas plant to power wind blade manufacturing facility

Black Dog Biogas, the owner and operator of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Newport on the Isle of Wight will supply renewable electricity to Vestas, a wind blade manufacturing facility.

The project, led by Black Dog Biogas and its manager Earth Capital, will supply low-carbon electricity to Vestas’ 221.2 square-foot plant. The facility employs more than 600 people and produces 80m-long blades for the installation of offshore wind projects globally, particularly in the UK.

Black Dog Biogas generates renewable electricity through AD, processing organic matter such as maize and grass to produce biogas and biofertiliser. Black Dog uses the biogas as a fuel in two combined heat and power units to generate renewable heat and electricity. The nutrient-rich biofertiliser is spread back on to the Isle of Wight’s arable farmland, helping to grow more crops for the Black Dog facility and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

Black Dog Biogas generates sufficient power to supply around 80% of Vestas’ needs, as well as around 1,200 homes on the Isle of Wight.

“This is a great opportunity for two neighbouring green businesses to deliver a scheme that makes environmental and commercial sense,” said Dr Simon Crook, director of Black Dog Biogas and investment director of Earth Capital.

“We could not have wished for a better partner with which to deliver this project. Collaborations such as this are vital in helping the UK reduce carbon emissions and embrace renewable energy.

“Biogas is an important part of the low-carbon energy mix and it has the potential to reduce waste to landfill by converting household food waste into energy as well.”

James Luter, senior factory director of Vestas’ Isle of Wight facility, said: “The UK Government has unveiled ambitious plans to expand the country’s offshore wind capacity, potentially powering all UK homes by 2030.

“Our factory has an important role in helping to make that ambition a reality. It’s particularly pleasing that we can deliver our blades to the UK and global markets sustainably, using renewable energy from Black Dog to manufacture our blades.”

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