Cambridgeshire-based waste management company Donarbon is to capture landfill gas from its waste site to produce green electricity for the first time.
Donarbon will work with renewable energy technology provider Andigestion at its Waterbeach waste management park to collect landfill gas methane that can be used to generate electricity which is then exported to the national grid. Previously Donarbon allowed landfill waste methane to be dispersed into the atmosphere.
Andigestion director Mike Lowe said: Landfill gas is produced from degrading waste and is mainly a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. The gas engines we operate burn the methane to generate electricity, turning the potential potent greenhouse gas into a positive of renewable power generation.
The company is eligible for Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) where the Government provides financial incentives to those companies who generate energy from renewable sources. Andigestion can then sell the electricity to the national grid for a higher price than those companies who do not use renewable energy.
Donarbon managing director Mark Davenport said: As a local, family owned business we take our environmental commitment seriously and are pleased this project is now fully operational. Visitors to our recent open day at Waterbeach seemed impressed at the efforts we have made to engineer our landfill sites to help actively capture as much gas as possible.
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