Dairy farm uses AD to power up clotted cream production

A Devonshire dairy has opened an anaerobic digestion facility today (1 July) to help fuel the production of its clotted cream, ice cream crème fraiche and yoghurt products.

The £3.4M AD facility at Langage Farm, Plymouth, will process up to 12,000 tonnes of household food waste, together with on-farm dairy wastes.

The plant, which received £1.2M of funding from Defra’s anaerobic digestion demonstration programme, was officially unveiled by Environment Minister Lord Henley.

The renewable energy created will not only power the dairy products production, but export surplus energy to the National Grid. In its first five years, the facility expects to produce 20,000MW of energy.

Lord Henley said: “The facility at Langage Farm is an excellent working example of how a localised closed loop economy can be created. Food waste that otherwise would have gone to landfill will instead be used to produce the energy that will power much of the production process here on the farm.”

A spokesperson for Langage Farm added: “We are proud to be a part of the solution to local waste problems and hope to see an increase in the uptake of this technology in the future, it really makes sense to use waste as a resource in this way.”

Maxine Perella

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