This article has a really good piece of PR for making anaerobic digestion more popular. It is also a genuinely appropriate use of the digestate output from AD Plants to be used to fertilise and improve the grass on footbal pitches. However, the fact in the background is that this use of the liquid digestate from a biogas plant is just one of a number which UK government quango “WRAP” has announced funding for.
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“By James Murray Y
Your local football pitch or golf course could soon benefit from the food waste you diligently put in the recycling bin, thanks to a trial designed to identify the best end use for the by-products created by anaerobic digestion waste-to-energy plants.Supporters of anaerobic digestion systems have long argued that the technology provides an effective means of turning waste food and crops into biogas that can then be used to generate heat and electricity.FURTHER READINGMinister stresses green growth to continue as Energy Bill travels through parliamentEngensa launches SolarLoan in bid to offer solar PV at no upfront costHowever, while the main by-product that results from the process is a digestate that can be used as fertiliser the adoption of the technology has been hampered by the failure to build a significant market for the resulting waste.Now the government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has intervened with the launch of series of new two year trials designed to identify the best use for the resulting digestate and build a market for the fertiliser.“It is important that we find new markets for this useful, nutrient-rich product,” said Ian Wardle, head of organics and energy from waste at WRAP.“Along with agriculture, the landscape and regeneration sectors are significant potential markets for digestate. These trials will provide evidence to support the use of digestate in landscape and regeneration applications, giving users the information and confidence they need to consider using the material in the future.”
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