Biogas Action Meeting in London

Biogas Action partners from across Europe met in London in December to discuss project progress and activities in their regions. Day two of the meeting was held at Camley Street Natural Park, the meeting welcomed Alice Bayfield of Qube Renewables.

Meeting and site visit

Biogas Action partners from across Europe met in London in December to discuss project progress and activities in their regions. Day two of the meeting was held at Camley Street Natural Park which is run by the London Wildlife Trust (12 Camley St, N1C 4PW – just 7 minutes walk from King’s Cross in Central London).  The site was once a coal drop for the railways into nearby King’s Cross Railway Station, which was demolished in the 1960s. It had been colonised by nature so the Trust ran a campaign to save the site from development and instead create a nature reserve; Camley Street Natural Park opened in 1985.

The main attraction for the Biogas Action partners was the micro AD installation on site.  Waste from the kitchen and the garden is used as feedstock along with food waste from local businesses within a one mile radius. The project’s carbon footprint is minimised by using cargo bikes to collect this waste.

The fertiliser is available to the public, food growing groups and individuals by arrangement. If you would like to try some out, contact Camley Street directly. They can supply it for free !  Also, if you would like to have a guided tour and introduction to the project, this can be arranged.  They normally ask for a sliding-scale donation to cover staff time but if you don’t have the budget for this, get in touch anyway!  info@leapadventure.co.uk

Here’s the technical details – the system includes the following:

  • 6m³ mill and pre-feed tank
  • 2m³ Methanogen digester
  • 5m³ gasholder
  • Digestate separator and storage
  • Compressor and storage cylinders
  • Ecogen CHP with microgen Stirling engine

If you’d like more information on the nature park, visit

http://www.wildlondon.org.uk/reserves/camley-street-natural-park

Qube presentation

The meeting welcomed Alice Bayfield of Qube Renewables, who gave a presentation on their Innovative Small Scale AD Solutions.  Their vision is to provide Energy without barriers –  Sustainable energy from Sanitation and Wastes.  The key drivers for their products are that they:

  • Utilise local wastes – Minimise food crop substitution and waste miles
  • Use all power and heat on site
  • Non technical, no PhD in engineering required, or lots of additional labour
  • Engaging
  • Cost effective and quick to install
  • Provide additional solutions to on-site problems

The product portfolio is as follows:

For further information, contact Alice Bayfield, alice@quberenewables.co.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1984 624989.  www.quberenewables.co.uk