The “UK’s biggest” anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has appointed Entec Biogas to supply its digestion technology.
The Austrian firm has recently completed detailed designs for the Selby Renewable Energy Park, allowing the first stages of construction to begin in the coming months, with a view to opening the facility in 2011.
Selby business development manager Shaun Flynn told MRW: “The reason we chose Entec is because of its experience in building industrial food waste plants.”
The technology will use bacteria to digest discarded commercial food waste from supermarkets and restaurants. The reaction releases methane which can then be used to generate electricity. When completed, the Selby plant will have a capacity of 165,000 tonnes and generate 8MW of energy, enough to power nearly 11,000 homes, or all of Selby.
The £20m plant, which received a £1.7m grant from the Waste & Resources Action Programme, will also boast a modern pre-treatment hall that will enable processing of food waste packaging, from paper to plastic, glass and cans.
Entec Biogas CEO Bernhard Schultz said: “In general, these types of biogas plants for food waste are trendsetting for the whole European market.”