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New AD plant opens in UK

Cory Environmental, a UK-based recycling, waste management and energy recovery company, has launched its first anaerobic digestion plant in Weston-super-Mare.

The plant can generate up to 500kW of energy per hour for onsite use and export to the national grid using around 12,000 tonnes of food waste a year. Around 7,500 tonnes of this feedstock is part of a seven year waste treatment contract with North Somerset Council.

Cory's director of resource management Alistair Holl says: 'Initially, we'll be producing enough energy to power around 1,000 homes, and will soon be working towards the second phase of the development which will see an upgrade of the plant to a minimum of 1MW. This will double the volume of our green energy at Weston-super-Mare.'

Holl continues: 'The team involved in the construction of the plant comprised main contractors, as well as plant and site designers. We achieved energy production just 18 months after planning consent was gained.'