Planning permission has been granted for an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to process up to 55,000 tonnes a year of municipal, commercial and industrial waste in South West England.
Somerset County Council has approved AD company Tamar Energy’s plans to construct the facility, which will be able to generate up to 3MW of electricity from biogas in Southwood near Evercreech.
The power generated will be fed into the local distribution network or provided directly to nearby industries, according to council documents.
The planning statement indicated that there are over 200,000 tonnes a year of food waste available to be processed within a 30-mile radius of the site.
Food related feedstock sources include:
- Local authority collected wastes (54,808t)
- Food manufacturers’ residues (109,200t)
- Food retail and distribution centres waste (15,500t)
- Schools waste (3,241t)
- Hospitality waste from 3,415 hotels, pubs, restaurants (17,034t)
Three Tamar Energy AD facilities with a combined capacity of 6MW have also recently completed construction and are entering the commissioning phase at locations across the UK.