The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has awarded £450,000 to improve an anaerobic digestion plant in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Funded by Defras £10 million Anaerobic Digestion Demonstration Programme, the money will be used to install more efficient technology to increase the production of biogas from food waste by up to 15 per cent.
The new equipment will be installed at the plant, which is run by Biogen Greenfinch, by March 2011.
Shropshire Councils Cabinet member for local government and economy David Roberts said: Ludlows pioneering biodigester really has helped to put Shropshire on the map in terms of waste management. It helps us to demonstrate to the rest of the world how anaerobic digestion can help meet the challenges of reducing waste to landfill and carbon emissions, while increasing renewable energy generation and improving sustainable food production.
The AD system has a maximum capacity of 5,000 tonnes of food waste per year and currently generates just over 0.6MWh each year.
Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North and Biocycle board member Rosanna Taylor-Smith said: We are delighted to secure this funding for this innovative and ground-breaking facility. The money will help to ensure that waste taken to the biodigester can be used to produce even more renewable green electricity.
The Ludlow plant is one of five projects across the country to be awarded funding from Defras ADDP fund. Projects have been chosen to demonstrate cutting-edge technology and the benefits of AD. The four other projects that have been chosen are; Blackmore Vale Dairies; GWE Biogas, Staples Vegetables and, United Utilities and National Grid.