British company, Clearfleau, UK market leaders in industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) for on-site renewable energy generation, last night won the Waste Treatment Project Award at the Sustainability Leaders Awards Dinner, held on Wednesday 19 November at the Connaught Rooms in central London.
The award is for Clearfleau’s anaerobic digestion based bioenergy plant on Nestlé’s Fawdon confectionery site near Newcastle upon Tyne which converts trade effluent and residual confectionery ingredients into renewable energy. The power generated from biogas is used in the confectionery production processes and cuts energy and disposal costs and is reducing the site’s carbon footprint.
“This award highlights the viability of on-site anaerobic digestion as a solution to the handling of production residues. It also shows that British engineering has a rôle to play in reducing the environmental footprint of food production and that the UK does not need to rely on imported technology. Clearfleau’s on-site digestion plants are now challenging previously accepted practices in the food industry.”
The plant is designed and tailored to the available materials on site and can be deployed on dairy, drinks and food processing sites as well as for biofuel plants. There is increasing interest in on-site energy generation from effluents and food production residues and more companies are looking at how they can reduce their carbon footprint.