On-site power for vegetable producer

Germany’s Weltec Biopower has begun construction of a 500 kW anaerobic digestion plant in Loughgall, Northern Ireland for the vegetable producer Gilfresh Produce.

Gilfresh used to deliver the vegetable waste that accumulates in the sorting, washing and packaging processes to farmers as cattle feed but from July 2015, the waste and the vegetable washing water will be loaded into a bioreactor to produce gas.

About 40% of the power generated by the CHP plant can be utilised in the company‘s own production process. In the near future, the efficiency will increase due to the upcoming expansion of the cold storage. The excess power is fed into the public grid, and the heat is made use of for heating the company buildings and for the production processes.

‘The biogas plant will enable us to pursue our growth course on the one hand and our ecological goals on the other hand’, explained Thomas Gilpin, founder of Gilfresh.

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