BHESCo will soon be announcing the location of our groundbreaking food waste to renewable energy plant near Brighton & Hove.
If you run a business in the local area and would like to donate waste food to this landmark community project, then please contact us and get involved.
BHESCo is partnering with Brighton Paper Round to collect 35,000 tonnes of food and agricultural waste each year to supply biogas to approximately 10,000 local homes.
Brighton and Hove has lots of hotels, restaurants and pubs, and our local businesses produce large amounts of food waste which is simply thrown away.
This is a lost opportunity – why not use this important resource to generate low cost gas for our local community?
To get involved and donate your food waste you will need to complete and return a Letter of Intent, which you can download here:
If you would like us to send you this form in the post then please fill out the form below.
Anaerobic Digestion can be an effective way to turn food waste into energy by producing fuel such as biogas and biomethane which can then be converted into heat and electricity.
The Sustainable Restaurant Association recently produced a detailed report highlighting the economic value of reducing food waste for businesses. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits associated with reducing landfill, the report found that for every £1 invested in reducing food waste, a restaurant can expect to make £7 in savings.
Generating low cost, renewable energy could improve the quality of life of those unable to afford current fuel costs as well as contributing to a more sustainable future for Brighton and Hove.
BHESCo’s AD plant project has been conceived from the outset to tackle that food waste which is not suitable for consumption.
We have been aware of and have worked alongside the charitable organisations operating locally to ensure that we are not ‘poaching’ waste from these causes.
BHESCo’s project sits at the ‘bottom of the food chain’ in that respect, but above other waste disposal options such as in-vessel composting, energy from waste incineration and landfill. This is because we believe that anaerobic digestion is the optimum solution for processing food waste that is genuinely waste material and that captures the maximum value from the food waste.
The benefit of Anaerobic Digestion is that it creates the most value from food waste of all processing methods. Principally there are four main income streams, which have a value. These are:-
- Gate fee per tonne of waste accepted and processed from waste producers / suppliers
- Methane gas for use as biogas to generate electricity for the National Grid and potentially heat as well through a combined heat and power system
- Methane gas for use as higher value biomethane, a substitute for natural gas and direct injection into the local gas grid
- Digestate or the solid end product from the food waste for use as a substitute fertiliser which can be spread on agricultural land
The value of these four streams varies with supply and demand / market forces and we will refine our business model in the coming months to reflect current prices. For that reason BHESCo’s business model is based on conservative estimates of income from these streams.
BHESCo intends to minimise emissions from transport in all of our project activities. We will not be transporting food waste ourselves to the plant but we will engage with our suppliers to encourage the use of low emissions transport from the outset.