Information about bio energy, anaerobic digestion and bio gas

Cannington Bio Energy was originally established to fulfil our corporate responsibility by producing an affordable renewable energy solution for our cold storage plant.

We have built a simple, cost effective solution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and even have enough electricity to feed the national grid with green low carbon energy, all generated from food waste.

An introduction to Anaerobic Digestion

We use our Anaerobic digestion system to produce the electricity. Anaerobic digestion is a process where plant and food waste called biomass is converted into useful products by micro-organisms in the absence of air. Biomass is placed into the digesters (essentially giant sealed cow stomachs) where the natural micro-organisms decompose the biomass.

This process releases biogas which is a mixture of predominantly methane and carbon dioxide that is used to produce clean renewable energy. Once this process is complete, the digestate (the left over product) can be used for compost and is an excellent source of nutrition in the form of an agricultural fertiliser.

At Cannington Bio-Energy we now produce enough electricity from this extremely low carbon and environmentally friendly process, that we are feeding excess energy back to the national grid.