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Leading potato supplier to power new AD plant with waste potatoes

Leading supplier of potatoes to Tesco, Branston is building an anaerobic digestion plant to generate electricity from its waste potatoes.

The plant will produce 300kW of electricity, saving Branston 40 per cent on its electricity bills and reducing its waste output by one HGV load at its site in Lincolnshire.

Construction will begin on the plant next month after it received a £568,000 grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to make the development possible. The East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) delivered the grant, which is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the European Union.

Branston development director Mark Wilcox said: We will be using outgrade potatoes, which are unfit for consumption , to produce a significant amount of electricity and in doing so become one of the first food producers in the UK to harness such innovative and environmentally friendly technology.

EMDA communities director Andrew Morgan added: We hope the Branston project will inspire more businesses to invest in greener strategies and technologies for the future.

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