TV tracks Somerset anaerobic digesterMay 10, 2012
For ITV West News, David Woodland reports on the technology and progress of Somerset’s anaerobic digester, which from next year will transform all of the county’s household food waste into clean, green power.
Check out the story and video here.
It’s mostly a very good report on our plans, but wrong on a couple of points. Anaerobic digestion is an enclosed process and the smell is actually not too bad, even inside the waste reception building. As stated, most of our food waste is currently composted using an in-vessel process at Castle Cary, but it isn’t heated with electricity, as the process generates more than enough of it’s own heat. The big advantage of anaerobic digestion is that biogas is recovered from the food waste, which will be used to generate electricity and, in time, may be put to even better use to power vehicles or the gas grid.