WRAP invites tenders for AD technology research

Waste companies are being invited to tender for two WRAP projects to challenge the cost and efficiency of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology.

WRAP has a specific focus on the development and growth of a safe, sustainable and profitable AD industry and is working to deliver specific actions from Defra’s AD strategy and action plan.

The first project will focus on optimising all scales of AD to make the process better, quicker and cheaper, resulting in more profitable businesses. The second is to challenge the cost and investigate technology options for small scale and rural AD and associated pre and post-processing plant.

Successful ideas will be taken forward to feasibility studies and those which show the most significant benefits and potential will be taken forward to demonstration projects.

WRAP’s head of organics Ian Wardle said: “We know that AD is a reliable and safe resource efficient process, supported by government and industry. However, we believe that there are innovative ways to improve the performance of AD and we hope to find these, developing more profitable businesses within the green economy.”

In delivering this work, WRAP will work in partnership with the Small Business Research Initiative on both projects, and the Royal Agricultural Society of England on the small scale AD projects.

More about the programme and tenders can be found here

Maxine Perella

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