Food Waste Lights Lamps In England
More than 2.5 million homes would receive electricity if 50% of the food waste is anerobically digested in the US. While no one is giving it a thought yet here, thankfully, someone in Fenland, England, is already thinking about it, which is why, a green ribbon (instead of a red one) was recently cut to launch its first anerobic digestion plant.
To put it simply, this plant uses food waste to create electricity through an elaborate process that takes almost a month. The plant has cost £7million and five years to be designed, planned, constructed and finally launched. Since June this year, the anerobic digestion plant is able to produce 99% of electricity supply for Fenmarc, a 40-year-old farming co-operative. The plant also supplies power to the National Grid, so it is no mean operation. All this is done with help of 400 tonnes of food waste per week.
However, in the US, a lot more food goes waste annually, so how much electricity would that generate? Give it a thought!
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