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Devonshire dairy unveils anaerobic digestion plant

A dairy has today (1 July) officially opened its own anaerobic digestion (AD) facility that will help power its operations to produce clotted cream and yoghurt.

Devonshire-based Langage Farm, will use 12,000 tonnes of household food waste each year to feed the £3.4m plant. Any on-farm dairy wastes will also be processed in the facility. The dairy won funding of £1.2m from WRAP’s AD Demonstration Programme.

Expected to produce 20,000MW of energy in the first five years of operating, Langage Farm will have enough power for its operations, with surplus for export to the National Grid.

Recycling minister Lord Henley opened the plant. “The facility at Langage Farm is an excellent working example of how a localised closed loop economy can be created,” he said.

“Food waste that otherwise would have gone to landfill will instead be used to produce the energy that will power much of the production process here on the farm, helping to produce award- winning clotted cream, ice cream and yoghurt.”

WRAP director of organics and energy-from-waste Marcus Gover said the market, including investors, developers and end users, should be confident of AD as a reliable, safe and profitable resource efficiency process: “We really see it as a huge opportunity for the UK.”

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