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WELTEC BIOPOWER HELPS VEGETABLE PRODUCER GO GREEN


Weltec Biopower is building a


500 kW AD facility in Loughgall, Northern Ireland for vegetable producer Gilfresh Produce, the AD plant manufacturer’s third site in Northern Ireland and eleventh in the UK. From July 2015, Gilfresh’s vegetable washing water and waste crops – including root vegetables, salad and cabbage – will be fed to the AD plant, along with cattle manure, chicken litter, whole crop, grass and maize silage. “The biogas plant will enable us to pursue our growth course on the one hand and our ecological goals on the other,” explains Thomas Gilpin, founder of Gilfresh. Around 40 per cent of the power generated by the plant will be used in the company’s own production process, with any excess power fed to the grid. Gilfresh will also use the heat to heat its company buildings and in its production processes. www.weltec-biopower.com See Technology Focus: Pre-treatment technology, p28


The 500 kW plant will digest a variety of feedstocks for vegetable producer Gilfresh


VIRIDOR INCREASES AD EFFICIENCY WITH ESTERLINE’S METALLIC THERMAL SOLUTIONS


When Viridor Waste Management started to experience problems with the containerised gas burning generators at its Walpole AD plant in Somerset, it turned to Esterline for a solution. Poor insulation coverage had resulted in a loss of revenue, increased maintenance costs and reduced safety in the workplace. Esterline’s E:Gen technology was able to reverse these issues, providing efficient metallic thermal insulation to the engine’s hot surfaces to retain the heat. Derived from aerospace technology, E:Gen can be used for generator turbo covers, side covers and exhaust manifold assemblies; external pipework flange covers (it’s both seagull and rodent proof); and non-return valve covers. Promising to make savings for CHP applications, it also delivers reduced ambient temperatures, reduced dB levels and reduced personal burn risk, and complements HSE workplace safety initiatives. www.esterline.com/egen


Esterline’s E:Gen is improving the efficiency of Viridor’s Walpole plant


www.jonesmcgirr.com info@aprovis.com 16 AD & BIORESOURCES NEWS | JUNE 2015 www.adbioresources.org adbioresources.org www.aprovis.com


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