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UK food waste AD plant to boost capacity following major cash injection

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UK biogas company Warrens Emerald Biogas is to ‘ramp up’ the processing capacity at its plant by 40% following a major cash injection.

Warrens Group, based in the North East of England, was recently acquired by Bio Capital, an environmental investment fund. The site converts food waste into renewable energy and was the region’s first anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in 2012.

Warrens Emerald Biogas processes 115,000 tonnes of food and agricultural waste annually at its site in County Durham. The waste is converted into more than 100 million kWh of clean energy to power the equivalent of 19,000 homes in the region, as well as supplying local farmers with 100,000 tonnes of biofertiliser.

The latest expansion at the plant marks the fourth stage of investment in the facility and will see the firm boost its biogas upgrading capacity at the AD plant. “We continue to make impressive strides towards helping our customers evaluate their operations so they can reduce their overall environmental impact in the communities they serve,” said Kevin Quigley, commercial director at Warrens Group.

“Expanding our capabilities is not only really exciting for us, it also provides businesses across the region with the opportunity to act in more responsible and sustainable ways to reduce their own carbon footprint.

“Almost every new conversation we have about food waste results in new customers for Warrens, each of whom want to do something positive with the food waste they generate. We see recycling food waste as a win-win. Once businesses pay closer attention to the waste they generate, we find they generate less of it. But where food is wasted, we convert it into ‘good’ energy for local communities.”

Mick Fishwick, COO of Bio Capital, added: “We are delighted to have added Warrens Emerald Biogas into our national portfolio of green power facilities. We are very supportive of the company’s expansion plans and look forward to working with our customers, business and communities throughout the North East.”