£8m food waste AD plant opens in north-east

Emerald Biogas has opened a food waste anaerobic digestion plant in County Durham, to supply heat and power to local businesses

North-east England’s first commercial food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has opened at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.

Owned by Emerald Biogas, the 50,000-tonne per year plant cost £8m to build and will feed gas to a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to generate 1.56 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply around 2,000 homes. The 1.5MW of heat generated will also be supplied to adjacent businesses on the Newton Aycliffe industrial estate.

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