Water industry urged to ‘move faster' on AD
Significant opportunities for water companies to develop their non-regulated business in the area of food waste and anaerobic digestion (AD) exist and they could move faster, according to Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA).
Speaking exclusively to WWTonline at the trade body’s national conference on December 3, Morton said: “There are plenty of opportunities for the water industry. They are energy-hungry businesses that can potentially reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.
“They have great sites for AD and other renewables, I’m surprised they’re not moving faster,” she added. “The opportunities are there, the incentives are there."
Morton praised Wessex Water’s GENeco business, that has co-located AD for food waste at Avonmouth sewage works, and Severn Trent’s gas-to-grid project.
“Water companies have been doing AD for years,” she said. “They have a lot of expertise, experience and skills.”
- Thames Water to operate on 100% renewable energy after Haven Power deal Haven Power has signed a deal with Thames Water to provide it with electricity in a deal worth more than £500M over five... Read More >
- Raised customer expectations will promote innovation, conference hears Greater competition in the water industry will stimulate innovation but may also lead water companies to be more guarded... Read More >
- Welsh Water acquires food waste recycling plant Welsh Water Infrastructure - a part of the not-for-profit Glas Cymru group which includes Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water - has... Read More >
- Where there's muck, there’s brass Tim Broadhurst, CCO of CooperOstlund, on utilising sewage and sludge as a renewable energy feedstock and how to maximise... Read More >
- Going green at Severn Trent's Minworth STW With a £60 million investment aimed at producing 30 per cent more green energy from its largest sewage treatment works,... Read More >
- Veolia putting efficiency into effect As part of Anglian Water's Energy Efficiency and Optimisation framework, Veolia is using its global experience to assist... Read More >
- Finding value in liquid waste streams Matt Hale, international sales and marketing director at HRS Heat Exchangers, looks at how value can be extracted from... Read More >
- Innovation Zone: Boosting biogas production Regulatory changes mean that now is a good time for technologies that can help boost biogas production from sludge. Here... Read More >