Gas, not hot air!

On Thursday, Brue Valley visited the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at Wyke Farms. The plant is where bacteria gobble up waste from the farm and cheese production, along with some specially-grown crops, to produce enough methane to power the cheese production, make electricity and supply the national grid. It is a major part of the energy mix that means that Wyke Farms are now 100% self-sufficient in energy production. It also minimises the amount of waste that has to be dealt with and provides fertiliser for the land.

Wyke Farms have grown to be the largest independent producer of cheese in the UK and the AD plant has grown too, with more expansion planned. Tom Clothier, family member and company director, gave us a fascinating talk and tour of the plant, all of which is controlled by one person on site and by others on their smart phones. In a very informative and entertaining hour or so we learned what AD is, how it contributes to the business and what plans there are for the future, as well as seeing some of the feedstock used and getting up close to the machinery.

Having thanked Tom for his time and hospitality, we then retired to a local pub for a drink and a bite to eat.

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1 Response to Gas, not hot air!

  1. chrisringrow says:

    Sorry I missed it.

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