Fife Council appoints ENER-G to provide CHP system for anaerobic digestion plant


ENER-G has been selected by Fife Council to supply a high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) system for its new anaerobic digestion facility.

Situated at the Lochhead landfill site in Dunfermline, the ENER-G biogas generation system will use an MTU engine, which at 42 per cent electrical output, is one of the highest efficiency engines in the market.


The Fife AD plant, which will begin power generation later this year, will convert methane produced from up to 40,000 tonnes of local food and garden waste into up to 1.4MW of renewable electricity and heat.

This renewable heat will be used to supply the council’s existing district heating system and has the potential to meet all of the heating needs of the local Queen Margaret Hospital.

The biogas generation system will be financed, developed, installed and operated by ENER-G at no upfront cost to the council. The council will recover Feed-in Tariff payments on the export of electricity to the network over the 25-year contract period.

ENER-G currently operates the council’s landfill gas generation facility at Lochhead.

Fife Council sustainability manager Chris Ewing said: “We believe that turning food and garden waste at Lochhead into power and heat could save the council around £1.2 million each year. It will also contribute to our improving recycling rates, which were 55.5 per cent in 2012 for household and commercial waste.”

ENER-G director of anaerobic digestion Scott Tamplin said: “The anaerobic digestion project will utilise an MTU engine, which is highly efficient at 42 per cent, and can provide excellent electricity yields and renewable heat output.

“We are proud to partner once again with such forward looking councils as Fife and to contribute to their sustainable waste strategy.”