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University starts construction of on-site AD plant

An agricultural university has begun construction of a £3m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant after winning a share of a green fund.

Harper Adams University College, based in Edgmond, Newport which specialises in agricultural and rural affairs qualifications, was awarded a portion of the £10m Revolving Green Fund to help build its AD plant, which has been in planning for two and a half years.

When complete in March 2011, the Edgmond plant will generate heat and power for the university from farm and food waste, as well as liquid fertiliser and compost which will be used for the College’s farm operations. The plant is also expected to offset the campus’s carbon emissions three times over, as well as providing education about AD technology to farmers, students and residents.

Harper Adams principal David Llewellyn said: “We are incredibly pleased to have been able to use this funding to make our AD plans a reality, and we are excited to finally start work on the site.

“Food and farm waste can be digested in the AD unit and recycled into three useful by-products instead of being left to degrade in landfill or elsewhere, leaking methane into the atmosphere. Biogas will fuel a unit producing both heat and power, meaning we will be sheltered from fluctuating energy prices for at least the next 10 years, and will make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for our campus.”

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