Plans for a multi-million pound energy-from-food-waste plant have been announced in Cambridgeshire. Food waste recycler Local Generationis investing between £9m and £12m in an anaerobic digestion system, which will produce up to 2.5MW of power.
This will be used to supply 1,500 local homes and businesses. The company intends to submit a planning application for the site in Fenland town March, in Cambridgeshire this spring. Operations are expected to start in mid 2010.
Food waste feedstock for the plant will come from the recyclers sister company potato packer Fenmarc as well as other local sources. Up to 15,000 tonnes of high quality soil conditioner will also be produced each year.
Local Generation said the electricity created (enough for 1,500 homes) is about 6 per cent of the total demand for the town of March. The company said, the project will play a big part in helping the Fenland region meet UK targets of 10 per cent of power to be generated from renewable sources by 2010. It will also count towards EU targets of 20% of all energy to be generated from renewables by 2020.
Local Generation is owned by Fenmarcs parent company Lifecrown Investments.
Lifecrown chairman Mark Harrod said: The success of our group companies in Fenland over the last 40 years has been founded on the strategic location and the skills and work ethic of the local workforce. In making this further substantial investment I am confident that these factors will, once again, get us off to a flying start. This project addresses two of todays most pressing problems, climate change and food waste management. By treating energy as a precious resource we can maximise its value.