NEC food waste powers Severn Trent's Coleshill STW
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham has become one of the first local businesses to send its food waste to Severn Trent Green Power's (STGP) £13M food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which will help more power Severn Trent's Coleshill sewage treatment works.
STGP food waste AD expert Chris Jellett said: “Whether it’s a sandwich shop or a fast food outlet – the leftovers, known as ‘food waste’, from the NEC site, which includes both the NEC venue and Genting Arena, will be powering sewage treatment at Coleshill.”
Severn Trent started constructing the plant within Coleshill STW last year and it is now taking in food waste from local businesses to power the site. The company expects to generate around 17,000 Megawatt Hours of electricity from the food waste AD plant, which is enough to power around 4,000 homes or the whole of Coleshill sewage treatment works. "This means that the site will be totally self-sufficient for its electricity needs,” said Jellett.
Brian Pell, the NEC’s director of operations, said: “Severn Trent’s site is right on our doorstep, less than four miles away, so it provides us with the perfect location to send our food waste. This year, we expect to send around 120 tonnes of food waste to Coleshill to help generate a huge amount of power for the site.”
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