New energy plant nominated for industry award

Tue 30 Aug 2011

The newly completed Harper Energy plant in Shropshire which recycles food waste and cow slurry to produce renewable energy, has been nominated as a finalist in two categories of the Renewable Energy Infrastructure Awards – ‘Best Use of Biogas’. and ‘Renewable Electrical Facility Award’. 

The energy plant was shortlisted by judges looking for ‘innovation and technological excellence in either developing or delivering a use for biogas’ and for construction projects which ‘push beyond the norm in its design, delivery and operation.’

The 24,000 tonne per year anaerobic digestion plant, which was designed, built and commissioned by BiogenGreenfinch, processes locally sourced food waste from retailers, manufacturers, and caterers along with dairy slurry from the Harper Adams’ 400 cow dairy unit to produce renewable energy for the University and the national grid . The plant also produces around 21,000 tonnes of a nutrient rich fertiliser which will be used on the University’s farm, grounds and surrounding farmland as a substitute for fossil fuel fertilisers.

Richard Barker, CEO, BiogenGreenfinch said, “We have worked in close partnership with Harper Adams Energy to deliver this exciting new plant. It will not only provide educational and research opportunities for Harper Adams but will also bring additional commercial revenues to the University. We are proud to have delivered such a  great plant to our customer.”

The awards will be announced in London in November.

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