Prince Charles has officially opened an anaerobic digestion facility for SSE at Barkip in Scotland.
He toured the innovative plant, meeting a number of SSE staff and invited industry guests who were all involved in helping to build the plant.
SSE director of thermal development Rhys Stanwix said: “We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to the state-of-the-art AD plant at Barkip which is a source of real pride to all at SSE. We want to see the plant continue to play a crucial role in waste reduction.
“Working with local authorities, large scale industrial organic waste producers and local businesses and farmers, we can make a real difference to waste levels and produce renewable electricity and a quality fertiliser while doing so.”
Barkip is the largest combined organic waste treatment and energy generating facility in Scotland.
Every year the plant can process up to 75,000 tonnes of organic waste and produce 2.2MW of renewable electricity from the biogas produced, approximately enough to power 5,500 homes.
The facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the UK and plays a major role in meeting Scotland’s renewable energy production and waste recycling targets.
It takes in food waste and other organic matter from industries such as agriculture, food production, food retail and alcohol production.
Barkip can divert 37,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill every year. The operation is managed by Zebec Biogas on SSE’s behalf and they provide the biological process expertise.
Zebec Biogas chief executive Martin Gorevan added: “Zebec are proud to have worked for SSE on the delivery of Barkip AD plant and are looking forward to supporting the ongoing operations. Enthusiasm in Scotland towards resource efficiency and sustainable energy production is gathering momentum.”