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Gastronomy could power Soho homes

Homes in Westminster could be powered by food waste from some of London’s most prominent restaurants, under a proposal released last week.

Westminster County Council and Sturgis Carbon Profiling are investigating whether food waste from top-class Soho restaurants can be turned into energy through anaerobic digestion (AD).

The two organisations applied for funding from the Technology Strategy Board to be able to investigate the opportunity.

In order to create heat and power for local homes, an underground generator may need to be installed in the centre of Soho.

The study will be carried out in October. If the process is successful, and the problems of noise and odour are managed effectively, then plans to implement the system will be seriously considered.

Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management, said: “This could have multiple benefits for the council, including helping us to further increase our own waste management options, a reduction in waste transport movements, and contributing towards a reduction in fuel poverty and carbon emissions. It is a win-win.”

The city council has been looking at ways to make Soho more environmentally friendly. Other measures include the retro-fitting of historical buildings and using wasted heat from kitchens to power homes in the floors above busy restaurants.

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