A partnership between three councils in Wales and Biogen has seen work commence to build an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to treat 22,500 tonnes per annum of food waste and generate potentially 1 megawatt (MW) of energy.
Part of a programme called the Tomorrow's Valley Hub, it’s led by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and includes Merthyr Tydfil and Newport City Councils.
Preparatory work at the site has begun this month and construction work is set to start in January 2014. Biogen has carried out the design and will implement the new process and this will the company's third AD facility in Wales.
Estimates suggest that based on current food waste recycling rates across the three councils involved, the plant could result in one megawatt of green electricity being generated, powering an additional 1,500 homes.
One million tonnes of waste is already being used to generate 1.8 MW of electricity at the council’s Bryn Pica site in Llwydcoed, Aberdare. The electricity, which is being fed into the national grid, provides energy to power all the households in Llwydcoed, Church Village and Tonypandy.
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