Dairy Bioenergy Plant Wins Circular Economy Award
– Success in the prestigious 2016 Business Green Technology Awards for the Best Circular Economy Project highlights how Clearfleau is leading the way with bio-energy technology for deployment on industrial sites.
Bracknell, 5th December 2016: British engineering innovation is behind the ability to convert liquid bio-degradable residues into valuable on-site renewable energy. The potential for integrating the food processing sector into the circular economy is highlighted by the successful bio-energy plant installed by Clearfleau (a leading UK provider of onsite bio-energy plants) on the First Milk cheese factory in Cumbria, which is supplying biogas produced from cheese residues to the gas grid.
Generating on-site renewable energy is a practical illustration of how a more circular approach can enable businesses in the food and drink sector to save costs and generate onsite energy from their biodegradable residues. Anaerobic Digestion (AD) of such residues produces biogas for factory use.
Lake District Biogas is one of Britain’s most advanced AD plant. Located at First Milk’s Aspatria creamery, it is the largest AD plant to be built on a creamery site in Europe. It is also the only dairy sector bio-energy plant that is producing bio-methane based solely on cheese processing resides.
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On-site industrial AD is a practical example of the circular economy in action. It helps food processing sites become more sustainable and efficient by reducing disposal charges and optimising energy use. The system also allows cleansed water discharge into nearby rivers and can assist local farmers by replacing fossil-fuel-derived fertilisers with nutrient rich bio-solids.
In addition to securing better resource use, a more circular and sustainable approach to managing co-products and process residues can reap significant rewards, both financially and environmentally.