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An example of an AD plant

Community - Delivering Sustainable Energy to UK Homes

At Future Biogas we understand the importance of being able to combine renewable energy sustainably within the farming landscape. We ensure the impacts of our plants are minimised by:

  • Building compact biogas plants with small footprints compared to standard plant designs
  • Being sympathetic to rural environments through efficient construction and quiet operation
  • Using local feedstocks from local farmers and integrating with existing farming practices
  • Ensuring our sites sustainably merge within the local landscape using native plantations and being sympathetic to existing natural growth and landscaping

Some of your questions answered:

Are biogas plants noisy?

No, the operation of a biogas plant occurs in a number of sealed enclosures and is therefore extremely quiet and efficient. Our biogas plants do not generate nuisance noise emissions outside the site boundary. At one of our sites our closest neighbours are 60 metres away.

Are they safe?

Yes, biogas plants are a proven technology and have been operating for over 40 years. Biogas production from AD is accepted as one of the most efficient methods of producing renewable energy and natural fertiliser. It is a well-established commercial technology growing successfully in the UK.

Does it smell?

No, biogas can only be produced in a completely sealed system and has historically been used as an odour reduction technique. Feedstocks used onsite are also tightly sealed to avoid losing energy potential.

Is this a renewable energy form?

Yes, the energy comes from organic materials such as plants. Biomass is a form of renewable energy, as the plant absorbs CO2 during growth, which is then released during energy production. This in turn creates a closed carbon cycle. We also ensure our biomass feedstock is closely sourced to minimise the transport distance.

As part of our commitment to ensuring low carbon energy, Future Biogas supported the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on introducing the UK’s first Biomass Greenhouse Gas Calculator. Further information can be found on the DECC website.

David Cameron speaking at the House of Commons in January 2012 has made clear that, “we should increase support for an expansion in sustainable biomass generation, which is reliable and cost effective, and will help us to meet our renewable targets". Locally sourced biomass offers a truly sustainable and reliable source of renewable energy for the UK.

Why site biogas plants on farms?

Our biogas plant is an integral part of farming practice. Feedstocks for our plants are sourced from farms and the nutrient rich fertiliser is returned back onto farmland to help crop growth and reduce chemical fertiliser requirement. Installing biogas plants as close as possible to the feedstock and the demand for fertiliser ensures it operates as sustainably as possible.

Helping the community

Future Biogas is committed to promote renewable energy and support local communities through a number of ways. For more information please download our Community Policy information leaflet.

An example of a silage clamp