Folks in Suffolk can feel extra good next time they pop into the pub for a pint. Waste from a local brewery as well as food waste from supermarkets, pubs, and hotels are helping produce clean energy.
Adnams brewery in Suffolk along with Waitrose supermarkets and other local businesses are turning beer and food waste into fuel at a new anaerobic digestion plant which can currently power 235 homes.
Anaerobic digestion turns gases from organic waste, like food and plants, into energy. We saw a similar scheme not too long ago in a Cambridge park, where anaerobic digestion turned dog waste into power for park lamps.
Adnams' Bio Digester began contributing power to National Grid on October 8th and expects to produce around 4.8 million kilowatt-hours per year.
Like he mentions in the video, this project does more than just produce renewable energy. It keeps that organic waste out of landfills.
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