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Transition Lavenham has won a grant award to consider the feasibility of developing an anaerobic digester in the vicinity of Lavenham.  The proposition is simple – food waste is converted into energy – no more landfill.

The award was made by the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects to deliver economic and social benefits to the community and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.  RCEF is being delivered by WRAP on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The initial grant will pay for investigations into the feasibility of an anaerobic digester to create renewable energy from food waste. Such a facility would turn organic waste from stale sandwiches to vegetable peelings collected from households and commercial premises into green energy. Anaerobic Digestion is a natural process that breaks down almost all organic matter into biogas which can fuel an electricity generator or be processed for injection into the gas grid. The digestate, left after the biogas is produced, can be used as a nutrient rich fertiliser.

Transition Lavenham is delighted to have appointed locally based Farm Renewables Ltd to carry out the feasibility study.  Their lead consultant on this project Nick McAllister has worked with and advised a wide range of rural businesses and local community organisations on solar and Anaerobic Digestion projects.