Farm’s biomethane ‘first’ brings 24/7 sustainable energy to c10k homes
30 Oct 2019
Manufacturers of a biomethane plant completed from start to finish in six months says it will provide sustainable energy round the clock to nearly 10,000 homes and provide a blueprint for further waste-to-energy projects.
Lanes Farm anaerobic digestion plant near Pontefract has now delivered the first biomethane in the required quantity for the UK gas distribution network and is expected to yield c7.3 million m3/year biomethane – capable of supplying an estimated 9,600 local households.
“We are very happy and proud to hand over this plant to our customer within less than a year after signing the contract,” said Wolfgang Bokern, head of project management at contractor, the German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower.
“The fast construction time and the construction costs within the budget speak for themselves. We have to thank all involved parties for the good cooperation and hope that this project will be a role model for future waste-to-energy projects.”
Food leftovers comprise more than half of the 80,000 tpa of substrate which is also comprised of cattle and chicken manure as well as grass silage and hybrid rye.
The biomethane production yields digestate for high-quality fertiliser and for on-site electricity supply, has an integrated 500 kilowatt CHP, while the operator generates additional income from exporting excess electricity to the grid.