Biomethane plant supplies West Yorkshire with gas and power

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With a construction time of just six months, the biomethane plant supplied by Germany’s WELTEC BIOPOWER to Lanes Farm Energy near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, has begun operation. 

The anaerobic digestion plant delivered the first biomethane of the required quality to the UK gas distribution network in October. The plant will deliver around 7mn m3/year of biomethane – sufficient to supply about 9,600 households.

Food leftovers account for more than half of the 80,000 tonnes per annum of substrate, along with cattle and chicken manure, and silage. Gas production takes place in four stainless-steel digesters each with a capacity of nearly 7,000 m3

WELTEC has implemented membrane upgrading to transform the biogas into high-quality biomethane and, for on-site electricity supply, the company has integrated a 500 kW CHP unit. The operator generates additional income from exporting excess electricity to the grid. 

Photo: WELTEC BIOPOWER

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