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First ETF AD plant officially opens

The first anaerobic digestion (AD) project funded through the Government’s Environmental Transformation Fund has officially opened.

Staples Vegetables in Boston, Lincolnshire, is one of the biggest producers of vegetables in the UK. Its AD plant will produce 11 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year and be able to process 40,000 tonnes of out of specification and by-passed vegetables. The plant’s digestate will replace inorganic fertiliser, its heat will be captured for office heating, and innovative heat absorption coolers will chill the processing areas, while the electricity generated will power the plant.

Staples managing director Vernon Read said: “The project will provide integrated power generation giving us control not only over future pricing of power, but also over power security.”

WRAP market development director Marcus Gover added: “We’re delighted this facility is now available in Lincolnshire and that the robust benefits of anaerobic digestion technology will be reaped not only by Staples Vegetables, but local authorities, communities and businesses across the UK as this technology becomes increasingly mainstream.”

The Environmental Transformation Fund is a collaboration between Defra, DECC and WRAP, that aims to increase confidence in AD across the supply chain.

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