In July, WELTEC BIOPOWER client Fernbrook Bio won the 2012 UK AD & Biogas Associations (ADBA) industry award for “Best Biogas Project”.
The 1.5 MW biogas plant impressed the jurors with its efficient operation and overall concept, which provides for use of a biogas facility as a waste utilisation plant.
The facility near Kettering, Northamptonshire supplies approx. 3,000 households with power by utilising approximately 30,000 tonnes per annum of biowaste and food waste and converting it into electricity. For this purpose, WELTEC had equipped the biogas plant for the operator to include food unpacking, separation and pasteurisation systems.
„Fernbrook Bio“ is very happy about the award. Following the award ceremony, Director Shaun Cherry commented: „We have been cooperating with WELTEC BIOPOWER for almost four years, and we are pleased with this partnership, which has now won due and deserved recognition in the form of the ‚Best AD Project‘ award. WELTEC has truly deserved this award because it offers, not only top-edge premium plants, but also efficient service.“ ADBA’s decision to award Fernbrook Bio with the title also included the operators’ community work through visits to and from local schools and systematic publicity activities.
Another biogas plant of WELTEC BIOPOWER also made it onto the shortlist of nominations: the 1.3 MW „Lower Reule Bioenergy“ installation in Gnossall, Staffordshire, which also processes food waste. This biogas plant‘s electricity is also supplied to approx 2,600 homes. The operator uses the heat generated from the plant to heat their farm buildings and to dry the digestate, which is spread out over agricultural areas as a fertiliser. Lower Reule Bioenergy was nominated in the „Best integration of AD into a farming business“ and „Best AD Project“ categories.
For WELTEC, the awards represent a stimulus to continue to focus on high quality, efficient technology, which the company from Lower Saxony has already been doing for 11 years. This is also one of the key reasons why the Vechta-based company has been successful in the field of biogas plant construction in the United Kingdom from the outset and has developed into one of the country‘s leading plant manufacturers.
Weltec Biopowers UK Sales Manager, Chris Jellett commented “We are delighted that Fernbrook Bio has been awarded the Best AD project category in the ADBA industry awards. This achievement is truly deserved by all of the team at Rothwell Lodge Farm and acts as recognition of Weltec Biopowers position as a leading biogas technology supplier in the UK market.”