BV Dairy in Dorset has opened an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that will process its waste food on-site and produce almost enough energy to power its production process.
The facility received £1.7m from the WRAP AD Demonstration Programme, and is the second dairy under the scheme that has opened an AD plant in the past week.
BV Dairy’s plant will have an 80,000 tonne per year capacity. Heat produced by the AD process will be used in heating and cleaning processes in the factory and in the cheese-making process.
Previously, the discarded food waste, which includes washwater from the factory and whey from cheese-making, was treated at a local sewage works. Treating the waste on-site will reduce the company’s sewer disposal costs.
Managing director Jim Highnam said: “We are proud to be pioneers in AD for the UK food industry. The plant demonstrates that the technology works and, judging by the interest in our plant from food manufacturers, we expect to see many more companies using AD to generate renewable energy from unavoidable food waste.”
Picture: (l-r) Bob Walter MP for North Dorset, technical director and project manager Alan McInnes and Jim Highnam