4,000 Homes now fuelled by landfill sites green energy

20 May 2011

The number of homes being powered by a North Devon landfill site has doubled, thanks to a significant investment by site managers Devon Waste Management Ltd.

A second gas extraction unit has been installed at the Deep Moor landfill site at High Bullen, near Torrington, doubling the amount of electricity generated to 2MW.
Around 2,000 local properties will now be fuelled by the green electricity created from the methane gas extracted from the site.

The majority of the waste landfilled at Deep Moor is household and municipal waste delivered by the Torridge and North Devon District Councils.

Steve Hadley, Devon Waste Management’s Commercial and Projects Director, said: “As the amount of decomposing waste increases at the site it makes common sense to exploit the natural gases that come off it.

“This investment highlights our commitment not only to professional landfill site management but also to ensuring that the waste we all produce doesn’t simply go to waste when there is a renewable energy resource to be tapped into. We are now producing enough green energy from this site to power around 2,000 local homes.”
The second engine was installed by Infinis, a leading generator of renewable energy.

Commercial Director Steven Hardman said: “We are pleased to have recently increased the installed capacity at the Deep Moor site to 2MW to ensure maximum environmental compliance of the landfill site and increase the volume of renewable electricity being generated and distributed to the local community. We are looking forward to carrying on our collaboration with Devon Waste Management Ltd for many years to come."

The extra capacity has been welcomed by the Environment Agency. “The recovery and use of methane from landfills can significantly reduce the overall emissions of greenhouse gases. Capture and use of landfill methane as fuel for electricity is something that we welcome and encourage,' said Judy Proctor, for the Environment Agency.

“Using the natural gas in this way means energy is being used that otherwise would be lost and it is also avoiding the release of methane, a greenhouse gas which is twenty times more potent than carbon dioxide, and helping around 2,000 homes to be fuelled by green electricity.”

DWM is a leader in the field of non-hazardous waste recovery, re-use and recycling, handling more waste than any other privately-owned provider in Devon through its contracts with both private and local government clients.It was the waste management division of Devon County Council until it became a commercial business in 2003.

The group has a staff of 100 and operates two landfill sites at Torrington and Kennford, three transfer stations at Exeter, Crediton and Tavistock and Devon County Council’s network of civic recycling centres throughout Devon.

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