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1009: Anaerobic digestion

This paper is taken from the executive summary of ‘AD 2010 - a detailed economic assessment of anaerobic digestion technology and its suitability to UK farming and waste systems’ by Graham Redman of the Andersons Centre.

Year of Publication2010

AD promises good profitability but making a profit purely from slurry alone is very difficult as the gas yields are so low. Augmenting them with farm produced wastes could enhance the yields and energy crops will make a considerable impact, although also adding costs into the business. Introducing third party waste for a gate fee can make more profit but requires increased management, regulation and administration. There is a considerable learning curve to climb and level headedness, conviction and commitment are required.

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