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In Wales, there are 15 Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants, of which 10 were completed in the past 3 years. 5 food waste plants currently exist; although a further 10 plants are in the developmental process. 2 of the existing plants process “other waste” (abattoir waste, and the organic fraction of municipal solid and commercial and industrial wastes). The remaining 8 AD plants are farm fed.

The AD industry in the UK as a whole has expanded very quickly over the last 3 years with much of the increase coming from energy crops.  With introduction of sustainability criteria and the severe reduction in the support via the Feed-in-Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive the growth in the number of plants has slowed drastically.

 

During 2016 Severn Wye Energy Agency has been working towards the development of a new farm waste based industry in Wales that recognises a much wider set of benefits to the farmer and nation than just the production of renewable energy:

  • Brought together the key stakeholders and produced an Intervention Strategy for Wales that has been submitted to the Welsh Government
  • Engaged with LEADER groups and environmental NGO’s to explore opportunities for AD in Wales to tackle a series of problems and opportunities
  • Engaged with the Welsh Government (Economic Development) and local biogas entrepreneurs to develop new appropriately priced standardised AD installations
  • Talking and working with farmers to seek solutions for their individual circumstances
  • Developing a business plan for a specific opportunity in north Wales – in conjunction with a local authority and LEADER group.
  • Providing presentations to national conferences organised by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association in order to promote the concept of waste based systems for the individual farm.

Read about the outcomes of Biogas Action project in Wales until the interim phase, here.