Agricultural and Industrial Biogas Plants Go Online in UK
For the roll-out of their biogas projects throughout the United Kingdom, agricultural and industrial
operators rely on the long-standing experience of WELTEC BIOPOWER (UK) Ltd. No wonder: WELTEC is
one of the pioneers in the field of AD plant building in the British Isles.
The first two WELTEC plants in the United Kingdom, which were established in 2006, were among the first 15
biogas plants of the entire plant population. In recognition of their innovative overall concept, several WELTEC
projects have already won renowned UK awards. The awards underline the fact that on the UK biogas market,
WELTEC BIOPOWER (UK) Ltd. sets technological standards. The excellent reputation of the premium plants is
based especially on the great experience in the field of waste plants, for which WELTEC supplies everything
needed – from the substrate processing to the input system to all other components – from one source.
In the next months, two new WELTEC plants will go live in the UK: In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the
500-kW AD plant of the Foyle Food Group will commence operations. The industrial meat processing
company will feed the 3000-m³ stainless-steel digesters entirely with waste from its own abattoirs in the
vicinity, primarily with stomach contents and flotation fat. On site, WELTEC has integrated a hygienisation
unit, a 530-m³ digestate storage unit and the sturdy MULTIMix input system.
The new agricultural 500-kW plant in Leicester is a biogas plant that makes use of a conventional mix of
renewable raw materials. The operator, an agricultural contractor with an own cropping farm, mainly uses
maize silage as substrate.
To address the demand in the UK on site, WELTEC has operated a nationwide network of sales partners since
2005. WELTEC is also effectively positioned in the service segment, an aspect that not only WELTEC plant
operators benefit from. „Our service offer is independent of the plant manufacturer and expressly targets
the entire UK biogas market“, explains Chris Jellet, WELTEC Sales Manager.
The team is prepared for all eventualities: Near the company headquarters in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire,
WELTEC maintains a comprehensive warehouse stocked with strategically important wear and spare parts.
„In this way, we can assist all operators in the event of an emergency. To us, customer proximity is a key
concern“, adds Chris Jellett. Additionally, WELTEC secures the uninterrupted biological fermentation process
and thus the economic success of the plants through monitoring by means of its own lab service.
Based on this philosophy, WELTEC BIOPOWER (UK) Ltd. can guarantee a high quality standard throughout the
country and is prepared for the growing number of UK biogas plants: Currently, three biomethane refineries
and more than 120 AD plants are in operation, with more to come. Of these, 40 percent are agricultural
plants, and about 60 percent are industrial or municipal plants that use organic waste.
In 2010, the UK government bundled a package of measures that focus on the generation of biogas from
organic waste. Every year, about 100 million tons of organic wastes (20 percent of which are food leftovers)
accumulate in the country. The UK is considered Europe‘s Number One in terms of biogas potential and
belongs to the „202020 Network“. The objective of the countries participating in the network is to increase
the share of green energy to 20 percent and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by the
year 2020. By then, 100 large and 1,000 smaller plants with a total output of approximately 1,100 MW are
to be connected to the grid. From the technological perspective, there is no reason why the achievement
of this goal should fail.