QV Foods, a potato and vegetable grower that supplies produce to Asda, has opened a 1.5MW anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at its headquarters and food-processing site in Holbeach, Lincs.
A joint venture between the company’s parent company, A.H. Worth, and AD developer, Tamar Energy, the facility will take up to 30,000 tonnes of organic material per year (mainly vegetable trimmings and potato wastes, naturally) and convert this into renewable energy, as well as a nutrient-rich biofertiliser which will, in turn, be used on the QV Foods land and crop creating a closed loop system.
The Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, commented on the AD facility’s opening: “This is a great example of how local low-carbon generation can meet the energy needs of businesses. Not only does it divert waste from landfill, but it also provides cost effective and secure low-carbon generation. In the coming years I hope to see even more businesses using anaerobic digestion and other renewable technologies to meet their energy needs.”
Andy Clarke, Asda President and CEO who opened the site, added: “At Asda, doing business the right way is of the utmost importance. We take our responsibility to create innovative solutions to key environmental and social challenges seriously so we are always delighted to work with businesses like QV Foods which share our beliefs.”
The plant is Tamar Energy’s third operational AD facility in its plan for a UK network of AD facilities generating 100MW of renewable energy from organic waste.