Scottish biogas plant celebrates 50 GWh milestone

Scottish Water Horizons’ Deerdykes Bioresources Centre in North Lanarkshire, UK, has generated 50 GWh of green electricity since 2010.

Deerdykes has saved more than 170,000 tonnes of carbon. The facility processes food waste through anaerobic digestion to generate green energy using a CHP engine.

“The numbers are impressive but quite difficult to visualise – particularly if you try to imagine 500 million kettles being boiled at once, or driving six million miles in your car,” said Colin Lindsay, operations manager at Scottish Water Horizons.

“There is the added bonus that we are diverting huge amounts of food waste from going to landfill where it would break down to produce methane – a dangerous greenhouse gas.”

Around a million tonnes of food is thrown away in Scotland every year. Several local authorities across west-central Scotland transport waste to Deerdykes along with waste from many food producers and businesses.

Scottish Water Horizons is the commercial arm of Scottish Water and plays an important role in helping the organisation meet its net-zero ambitions. Scottish Water has already committed to reaching net zero by 2040 – five years ahead of the Scottish Government’s national targets.

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