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‘Plug and play’ anaerobic digestion technology centre opens

A centre which aims to facilitate new anaerobic digestion (AD) processes has been opened by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) at Wilton, Teesside.

The Anaerobic Digestion Development Centre (ADDC) is an open access facility where companies can test and develop different feedstock and technology combinations. It aims to provide the UK with a better understanding of treatment methods, while developing new commercially viable processes in AD technology.

Opened by MP for Redcar Ian Swales on 11 February, it is the first facility of its type in the UK.

CPI director of sustainable processing and advanced manufacturing Dr Chris Dowle said: “The ADDC will offer the facilities and expertise to provide advice, guidance, trials and new technologies, which will accelerate the development and application of installations turning waste into energy, and other valuable products, naturally.”

The CPI received investment from the Department of Energy and Climate Change Low Carbon Investment Fund for the ADDC.

Through its trials of different feedstock and technology mixes, the ADDC is expected to:

·         increase the yield of methane from all feedstocks

·         further develop pre- and post-treatment technologies to improve yields

·         enhance the properties of digestate to develop high-quality natural fertilisers

·         develop purification and monitoring processes to allow the injection of biogas into the gas grid.

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