'Power generation by cheese making by-products' is put to practical use



With the growing awareness of environmental issues such as global warming caused by carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the focus on plant-based biofuels and renewable energy is increasing year by year. In the UK, how to generate electricity using “cheese” by-products is being put to practical use, and it is announced that the cheese plant and the electricity generation facility have signed a contract.

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Cheese waste from the Wensleydale Creamery is going to be used to heat homes-Yorkshire Post

Wensleydale Cheese is a cheese that resembles a moist texture like Cheddar Cheese , and is originated from the land of Wensleydale in North Yorkshire in the north of England. Wensleydale Creamery of local companies that manufacture such a Wenzu Lee Dale cheese, of North Yorkshire reaming to a contract with Iona Capital of the environment fund that owns the gas plant, which is a by-product of cheese production for power generation purposes whey (whey) Announced to provide.

Wensleydale Creamery produces more than 4,000 tonnes of cheese a year at its own plant, and has been dumping a large amount of whey each year. However, by processing this whey in a process called Anaerobic digestion (anaerobic digestion) at a plant owned by Iona Capital, it is possible to extract biogas that can be used for power generation.

In anaerobic digestion, the action of microorganisms breaks down biodegradable materials into methane and carbon dioxide. This process has been used to treat sewage and waste, and in recent years it has also been used to produce biogas by treatment and as a source of renewable energy. Iona Capital owns nine anaerobic digestion plants in Yorkshire, and using the whey discharged by Wensleydale Creamery to produce biogas and using it for power generation will produce more than about 10,000 megawatts of electricity Of.


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At Reiming gas plants, anaerobic digestion can reduce 37,300 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, enabling sustainable power generation. David Hartley, managing director of Wensleydale Creamery, said, “Converting local milk into premium cheese and bringing environmental and economic benefits from by-products into our proud rural business plan is essential It is a thing. '

Mike Dunn, co-founder of Iona Capital, said, “After we produce sustainable biogas from Wensleydale cheese by-products, we distribute the remaining waste to nearby farmers to It can help improve, which demonstrates the true power of the cyclical economy and that wise investments can reduce carbon emissions. '

by Emma

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