Power Plant from Food Waste Begins Operation

27 September 2010 (Last Updated September 27th, 2010 18:30)

Scottish Water has opened a new plant that converts food waste into electricity in Cumbernauld, UK. Deerdykes, Scotland's largest organic recycling facility, will generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes a year, according to the BBC. The plant combines in-vessel composting

Scottish Water has opened a new plant that converts food waste into electricity in Cumbernauld, UK.

Deerdykes, Scotland's largest organic recycling facility, will generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes a year, according to the BBC.

The plant combines in-vessel composting and anaerobic digestion, which breaks food down into gas and converts the gas into electricity.

Deerdykes has been built at a cost of £7.5m and can handle 30,000t of food waste a year.

The Scottish Water commercial director Chris Banks told the BBC that the new plant shows that it is leading the way not just on renewable energy but in helping Scotland towards its ambition of zero waste.