Government initiatives to boost anaerobic digestions growth in the UK have been welcomed by renewable power company ENER-G, which said the technology was under-deployed. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs launched its plans for a task group to lead development and delivery of more AD in the UK following the report Anaerobic Digestion Shared Goals.
ENER-G director Hugh Richmond said: AD is a viable, proven technology that is currently under-deployed in this country compared to other parts of Europe. I very much hope the new Government-backed task group will help to change attitudes and open peoples eyes to the opportunities of AD, which can deliver huge commercial benefits, while helping to hit national targets on carbon emission reductions.
Richmond also said proposed changes to the value of Renewable Obligation Certificates, which will see a doubling of ROCs for AD, will help to drive interest in the technology.
He that this government subsidy will significantly increase financial returns on each megawatt hour of electricity sold into the national grid.
The company, which builds, operates and finances major biogas projects across the UK and Europe, is expanding its team of specialist engineers to meet growing demand for methane-rich biogas projects, such as AD.
ROCs all round
Other recent ROC clarifications have been positive for another energy-to-waste technology endorsed by ENER-G, gasification. A gasification company within the ENER-G Group, Energos, welcomed the news that gasification has qualified for ROCs following a Government decision to alter proposed legislation changes, which would have altered the definition of gasification.