Town’s power source not chicken feed

Chicken and pig poo is being used to power an English town in what is being claimed as one of the first initiatives of its kind in the world.

Animal waste power is being used to power the town of Cirencester through a biogas power station.

Fed by local farms delivering animal waste, as well as corn, wheat and grass, the power plant produces 100% renewable energy through anaerobic digestion.

The site produces one megawatt of energy, enough to supply up to 350 people’s homes.

According to Alfagy, the firm behind the plant, it is ‘one of the first towns in the world’ to benefit from energy from chicken litter.

Alfagy managing director, Peter Kindt, said: “As the UK is 30 years behind continental Europe in energy efficiency, we wanted a project in Britain.

“We have many installations in Europe but this is our first biogas installation in the UK.

“What makes this project exciting is that farmers deliver energy to the urban environment.”

Luke Walsh

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