UK Incentives Push Biogas Power Generation

11 October 2009 (Last Updated October 11th, 2009 18:30)

More lucrative British incentives to produce energy from rotting and gassified waste are driving a push to biogas, following a Europe-wide trend. In April this year, the UK introduced several incentives to generate electricity from burning biogass, which has led to major businesses con

More lucrative British incentives to produce energy from rotting and gassified waste are driving a push to biogas, following a Europe-wide trend.

In April this year, the UK introduced several incentives to generate electricity from burning biogass, which has led to major businesses considering using industrial waste to generate power.

In Britain’s agricultural sector, more and more farmers are using crop waste to produce power.

Farmers aim to capitalise on the new incentives by collecting biogas in anaerobic digester (AD) plants run on different mixes of grass, dung, crops and municipal food waste, reports Reuters.

Operators are likely to install 20 AD plants in the UK in 2010, with a goal of installing 1,000 plants by 2020.

Britain's landfill rubbish and sewage operators are already generating power by burning methane or biogas. The additional incentives are expected to bolster waste usage for heat generation and other energy uses.

The incentives are part of the UK's drive to produce 15% of its power from renewable sources such as wind, wood and solar power by 2020, compared to the current 2-3%.