UK Slurry And Waste Could Bring Profit From Biogas

UK - Farming millions of bugs as well as hundreds of pigs could be hugely profitable, says a new joint venture company promoting biogas digesters and power plants in the UK.
calendar icon 22 August 2007
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It also costs millions of pounds to set up a production system on-farm but the company says evidence from Germany, where it installed 80 new plants last year, suggests a potential income of up to £800,000 a year from ‘gate fees’ for green waste – an essential component of the system along with slurry.

EnviTec Biogas UK has been formed between ARM Buildings and EnviTec Biogas AG and based at Rugeley, Staffordshire. The directors are Mike McLaughlin, of ARM and Roel Slotman, of EnviTec.

The company is not talking about simply converting slurry into gas. Slurry is the base medium to which is added a range of bio-digestible wastes from green material to bakery and category 3 abattoir waste.

The high volume of gas produced is then used to fuel electricity generators. It might cost around £2 million to set up a plant taking the slurry from a 500-sow breed-to-finish farm but the joint venture company, set up to market and construct digesters and power plants, will also invest in individual partnerships if required.

It is also offering technical advice and a full back-up service. The UK market is acknowledged as being underdeveloped in this sphere of green energy production, says EnviTec.

Source: FarmersGuardian
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