Tamar Energy's plans to establish itself as one of the UK's leading operators of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants have taken another step forward after it announced yesterday that it had taken delivery of its latest facility in Basingstoke a month ahead of schedule.
Developer FLI Energy confirmed work on the 1.5MW Basingstoke Anaerobic Digestion Facility had been completed, providing processing capacity for 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year that would otherwise end up in landfill. The company said the facility will now provide enough power for 3,000 homes while also producing a nutrient-rich fertiliser for local farmers.
The Basingstoke plant is the first to come online as Tamar Energy continues to pursue its plans to develop a network of 40 AD sites across the UK.
"The completion of construction of our first plant is a significant milestone for Tamar Energy. The project teams of both FLI Energy and Tamar Energy have done a fantastic job," said Alan Lovell, Tamar Energy's chairman and chief executive, in a statement. "A truly collaborative approach has delivered a complex project to time and to budget and all parties are very proud of the achievement."
The news came as the UK's Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), which is operated by renewable energy certification body REAL, announced that it has signed a letter of intent with similar bodies in the EU to work on plans that would allow cross border trading of biomethane.
Currently, businesses looking to use gas made from organic material can purchase Green Gas Certificates to demonstrate that the gas they take from the gas grid is matched by green gas being injected into the grid elsewhere.
The GGCS is now looking to support the fast-expanding European green gas market by agreeing on standards that would allow Green Gas Certificates to be traded across borders.
"This is an exciting next step for the green gas industry," said REAL renewable schemes manager Ciaran Burns. "It will expand the market for green gas across the continent, opening up new opportunities for UK biomethane producers. Ensuring compatibility of trading practices between countries will be challenging, but we look forward to working with the project partners to help realise the full potential of green gas."
In related news, leading green carpet tile manufacturer Interface further boosted its green credentials yesterday, announcing that it will switch to using 100 per cent sustainable gas at its manufacturing plant in Scherpenzeel in The Netherlands from the start of next month.
The company said it had signed a contract with Eneco to provide gas produced from food waste provided by fish processor A. van de Groep.
The deal, which supports Interface's "Mission Zero" sustainability goal, will see Eneco provide 2.3 million metre cubed of gas each year, equivalent to that used by around 750 households.
"The transition to sustainable gas is the next logical step on our journey towards Mission Zero - our goal to become a truly sustainable company and have zero impact on the environment by 2020," said Ton van Keken, senior vice president of operations at Interface Europe, in statement. "By using a combination of green energy and biogas, our European headquarters and our factory in Scherpenzeel will become almost CO2 neutral and waste, in this case from the food and fish industries, will be used in a way that benefits business."