Malaby Biogas celebrates UK biodigester anniversary
Malaby Biogas will celebrate the 7th anniversary of operations at its Bore Hill Farm biodigester in Warminster, UK in May 2019.
In 2018, the biodigester became the first English anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to gain approval under the new AD Certification Scheme (ADCS), which recognises high levels of operational, environmental, and health and safety performance.
Since beginning operations in 2012, the Bore Hill Farm biodigester has converted over 145,000 tonnes of food waste into 137,000 tonnes of fertiliser and 45,000MW of renewable electricity. The latter is added to the local grid, providing power for around 25% of Warminster – or 2,500 houses.
“The work our team has done to improve the carbon footprint of Warminster is huge and I am incredibly proud of their efforts to tackle climate change,” said Thomas Minter, director of Malaby Biogas.
“We put into action the expression ‘Think Globally Act Locally’. The methane gas we capture and convert into green electricity is 22 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Using it to help power the town by avoiding landfill methane emissions is something each team member should be very proud of. And it all comes from waste!”
The Bore Hill Farm facility works with waste producers, collectors and hauliers to minimise the amount of waste that ends up in landfill or incineration plants.
“The circular benefits that come from converting organic wastes into low carbon fertiliser for farmers and green energy for homes and businesses are massive. Creating local green power 24 hours a day, every day of the year, offsets polluting electricity generated from fossil fuels and nuclear. When food waste policies roll out to households, we will be here to support the council in dealing with it as locally as possible. Our process is a win for everyone,” added Minter.