5th September 2016
Anaerobic Digestion Plants for Dairy Farmers
AD4Energy, a British firm specialising in the design, build and commissioning of small to medium-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants is launching a new range of low-cost, personalised AD plants.
The company has been actively listening to feedback regarding the reduction in tariffs available for energy generated by anaerobic digestion and is fully aware of the hit on the agriculture; more specifically the dairy industry, with cuts to the price of milk. With that in mind the new range of AD plants is aimed at farms and businesses that battle with high energy bills, want to effectively dispose of waste and have use for the generated heat and electricity.
The suite of low-cost, personalised AD plants, start with an entry level model that’s main purpose is to digest liquid feedstock, i.e. slurry or cheese whey, and to produce heat. The heat can be used by the business or on-farm e.g. heating the calf sheds, warming the drinking water or alternatively the heat can be put through a heat expansion unit that will convert it into cold air for chilling. On top of this the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) tariff be claimed through the heat used.
From the entry level model optional extras can be added into the AD plant i.e. a CHP (Combined Heat and Power) unit to produce electricity, feeding systems or dryers and chillers; in order to help build an AD plant that is best suited to the client’s available feedstock and energy requirements.
Alongside the new AD plants, small to medium-scale semi-plug flow and CSTR digesters are also available; as well as a full suite of additional services. These include but are not limited to: free economic assessments, planning and permitting, mechanical and biological aftercare services and assistance with funding.
This article was first featured in Farming Monthly Magazine – August 2016 Edition (Page 28)