Germany-based Weltec Biopower has revealed it has secured a contract to build a 80,000 tonne a year biomethane-producing facility in England.
According to an emailed statement yesterday, the plant is due to open later this year and will produce 7.3 million cubic metres of biomethane annually for the grid system.
The plant, which has been ordered by West Yorkshire-based Lanes Farm Energy, will process leftover food waste to make up "more than half" of its 80,000t/yr feedstock. While cattle and chicken manure and some grass silage and rye will also be processed.
No financial terms for the deal were revealed in the statement.
Lanes Farm Energy director, Tel Sultan, said: "After in-depth discussions with over ten technology providers, Weltec was selected to be our partner to deliver the technology."?
Weltec UK sales manager, Dr Kevin Monson, said: "With the UK needing to boost energy security post-Brexit... reliable biomethane from organic wastes and injecting it into the gas grid is a crucial piece of the energy jigsaw".
According to the statement, due to the substrate structure, the solids are fed through two walking-floor feed hoppers with capacities of 110m³ and 220m³, and two MULTIMix units, which removes foreign objects, liquefies, shreds and macerates incoming solids to make them into an easily pumpable, easily mixed, easily digested liquid.
Biogas production will take place in four stainless-steel digesters with a height of 8.8 metres and a capacity of 6,848m³ each.
Weltec will use membrane upgrading to transform the biogas into biomethane, which it said would be ready to export to the grid in December.