Anaerobic digestion funding boost

I did hear on the radio this week that there is to be a funding boost to develop more anaerobic digestion plants within the UK. Something like £10m was mentioned. Trouble is I can find nothing about this on the internet. So, if anyone can help with this story, please do. (and EP now has; see comments below).

Scotland does have help with a £6m funding programme called The Organics Capital Grant Scheme. It’s spread over 3 years – £0.9 million in 2007-08, £2.15 million in 2008-09 and £3 million in 2009-10. This is part of an ongoing programme started in 2003, to look at different methods of dealing with waste and avoiding using landfill. See more here.

WRAP will provide up to 30 per cent of the capital cost of in-vessel composters (IVCs), anaerobic digesters (ADs) and thermophilic aerobic digesters (TADs). These plants are capable of treating organic waste (garden waste and food waste). By 2011, WRAP aim to have established an additional 125,000 tonnes of capacity in Scotland to treat organic waste.

Premier Waste Management and CiViC Environmental Systems have developed the Premier Advanced Recycling Centre (PARC), an integrated system which uses bio-processing technology to process MSW, recycling metals, glass, plastic and aerobically-digesting biodegradable materials into a compost/compost-like output which is used to manufacture a range of products including a topsoil called Parc-gro.

Based in Thornley, Durham this advanced biological treatment Demonstrator uses aerobic digestion to process up to 20,000 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) per year through a vertical in-vessel composting tower.

How PARC works.

The process starts with the loading of MSW into a shredder for size reduction. Shredded waste is then loaded by conveyor into the top of three
composting compartments. Each composting compartment contains a large 3 limbed aeration and mixing assembly and a set of ‘bomb’ doors
down which the processed material drops as it moves from one level to the next.

Waste spends two days sealed in each level, its temperature being controlled between pre-set thresholds by the addition of air, agitation and the rate of extraction of compartment atmosphere through the bio-filtration system. After approximately 9 days the bio-waste fractions have been substantially stabilised and composted. The mixed stabilised material is unloaded and goes through a multi-stage segregation process, incorporating trommels, air-knives, ferrous and eddy current segregation.

Premier Waste Management even have podcasts for you to watch about the PARC system.

Also see Biogen, a company based in Bedfordshire, England.

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5 Responses to Anaerobic digestion funding boost

  1. earthpal says:

    I found this article from February of this year reporting Hillary Benn’s announcement of £10m funding boost . . .

    http://www.letsrecycle.com/do/ecco.py/view_item?listid=37&listcatid=217&listitemid=9709

    And also this link . . .
    http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2008/080716c.htm

    It’s all very encouraging and an ideal solution to our food waste.

  2. matt says:

    Thanks EP. So must have heard £10m rather than £100m.

  3. keithsc says:

    Woking did look carefully into going down this route in 2005 but eventually didn’t pursue it partly I think because of differences with Surrey County Council which has responsibility for disposal of rubbish. See the following link for a brief discussion of the points and a look at Woking’s other major environmental projects.

    http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/Elmbridge%20Borough%20Council/Organisational%20Improvement/Visit%20to%20Woking%20BC%20note.pdf.

  4. matt says:

    Hi Keith

    Good to hear from you. I’ll take a look at your link soon.

    When I mentioned to Haringey’s recycling section about the destination of food scraps I found that it goes to North London Waste, who apparently compost it. They deal with all this borough’s waste, as well as other boroughs, although I’m not sure they take the other recycled materials.

    Point is, Haringey are unable to look into anaerobic digestion because they are locked into a long term contract with the almighty NLW. Bit like households that lock into all-in-one communication packages of phone/TV/mobile/internet, then find they have no flexibility to improve quaility or price/outcome!

  5. It is a shame that more plants have not yet got off the ground since 2008 due to planning difficultires, yes of course but also financing problems are hard to overcome.

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