Renewable energy generation from food waste

Rosehill Recycling

Based in Dymock, Gloucestershire, Rose Hill Recycling is a composting and recycling facility which processes up to 35,000 tonnes of food and farm waste per annum.


The challenge

As a leading local recycler, Rosehill Recycling looked for ways to contribute to the Government’s target for 20% of the UK’s power to come from renewables by 2020. As organic food waste sent to landfill gives off methane which is around 20-times more harmful to the environment than CO2 Rosehill looked for ways to capture this resource and convert it into useful renewable energy.

The solution

To ensure the plant maintains maximum operating efficiency and achieves its commercial targets, it is essential that the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) has the right management and technical support. Working under an Operation and Maintenance contract, Veolia provides this management and technical expertise on a 24/7 basis.

The facility is also energy self-sufficient. It uses biomethane to generate renewable heat and electricity via CHP technology and exports electricity directly into the local electricity grid.

Value delivered

The result is cost savings, greatly reduced emissions and improved carbon footprint, independent electricity supply with better energy stability and therefore less exposure to electricity price fluctuations.

As part of the contract, Veolia provides the operational, engineering and technical expertise to ensure efficient management of the CHP to maximise the energy available and the commercial success. This helps meet renewable energy requirements, combats climate change and effectively uses the waste as a valuable renewable energy source.

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