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Yorkshire's first food waste CHP plant opens

A new anaerobic digestion combined heat and power (CHP) plant capable of producing 400kW of electricity is to be officially launched on Friday.

The plant at Clayton Hall Farm was conceived by farmer Neil Gemmell, who decided to diversify from rearing livestock to develop an AD facility using both energy crops and food waste.

It is the first facility of its kind in Yorkshire and will be capable of processing around 2,000 tonnes of food waste a year.

Not-for-profit company CO2Sense invested £600,000 in the project and provided technical advice with planning and development.

Mr Gemmell said the launch was the result of five years’ hard work: “The plant is extremely efficient, using a mixture of crops and food waste that would otherwise have been sent to landfill.

“The digestate produced as a by-product of the plant is an excellent fertiliser and will be used on our farm as an alternative to artificial fertilisers.”

CO2Sense chief executive Joanne Pollard said: “Renewable energy offers opportunities for new income streams from the feed-in-tariff, as well as the creation of new jobs and businesses.”

Local MP Simon Reevell is to launch the facility on 2 December.

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