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DAIRY EVENT - Anaerobic Digestion Association Launched

16 September 2009

UK - A new organisation was launched at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show at Stoneleigh in the UK this week, aimed at boosting the country's production of biogas from anaerobic digestion, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association has been established to assist in the successful installation of plants throughout the UK.

"The aims of the new association will be to promote anaerobic digestion amongst the farming community and to local authorities," Lord Redesdale, the chief executive of the ADBA said at the launch of the new association.

The ADBA believes that more than 1,000 anaerobic digestion plants will be built in the UK.

The association plans to have secured £1 billion in managed funds to finance anaerobic digestion in the UK by 2010 and Lord Redesdale said the cost of building the required number of plants will be £5 billion.

The industry in the coming years is expected to be employing more than 20,000 people.

"AD is the renewable technology that will do most to fight greenhouse gas emission from fossil fuels and providing good economic returns that are built on proven technology," Lord Redesdale added.

He said that the organisation will facilitate funds and help farmers to build the new industry, which will provide an additional revenue stream for them through both the gas produced and the digestate that could be used as a fertiliser.

He said that not every farm will be suitable for a single anaerobic digestion plant, but he hoped that groups of farmers might form cooperatives to build and operate plants.

He hoped that the gas would be fed into the national grid and that the cost of feeding into the grid would be met by the utility companies, government as well as farm operators.

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