The small scale anaerobic digestion technology (SSAD-TECH) platform is designed to generate income and power for farms and food manufacturers, and also resolve the issue of biomass waste disposal.

The project’s aim is to reduce capital costs of a small AD plant, while delivering a process capable of accepting biomass feed streams, saving landfill tax and generating power and revenue for the end user.

Studies have highlighted that there is an unmet market need for commercially viable AD plants at the 250kWe scale and below. The project will address these needs by looking at how various feedstocks behave in AD reactors. The aim is to accelerate the development of new technologies.

The initiative is being led by a consortium including the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), CNG Services and Wardell Armstrong, and will run over two years with a total budget of £880,000.

CPI’s director of sustainable processing & advanced manufacturing, Dr Chris Dowle, said: “Anaerobic digestion will play an important role in achieving a low carbon future, and the SSAD-TECH project makes the technology an achievable goal for smaller scale or rural businesses.”

Maxine Perella

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