Chocolate ice cream conquers vanilla as a source of "green energy"
While the United Kingdom suffers from rare heat in these places, an experimental biogas plant in northern England demonstrates that chocolate ice cream is a more effective source of “green” energy than strawberry or vanilla.
The project for the recycling of waste from the confectionery industry into energy was carried out by R & R, one of the leading ice-cream producers in Britain, at their plant in Leaming Bar, North Yorkshire.
The plant produces its own brand products for supermarkets and supplies larger brands such as Nestlé and Rowntree’s.The installation that turns ice-cream production waste into biogas for the national network was built by a consortium of Iona Capital and a resource-saving company Veolia.
The waste produced by cleaning the production lines is excellent for aerobic digestion, as it consists of a high-calorie mixture of sugar, fat and protein. Veolia experts found that chocolate ice cream provides 10% more energy than vanilla and 20% more than strawberry. Estelle Brachlianoff, senior vice president of Veolia UK, commented in a press release:
“This project is a brilliant example of applying creative thinking in the search for methods to turn waste into“ green ”energy, and it sets the direction for further development. Such innovations are needed in order for the UK to achieve the goals set by the government by 2020 ”.
Mike Dunn, head of Iona Capital, added: “The state supports green infrastructure, and this is an industry that is attracting increasing investor interest, which is understandable, given how local authorities and public sector pension funds try to convince people that they are responsible for investments ".
The raw materials that go to the plant were simply sent to a landfill, but now this can be avoided, and the product obtained as a result of the process of anaerobic decomposition of waste is a nutrient-rich fertilizer,which can provide agriculture to increase yields.
The installation in Leaming, which is one of the largest suppliers of gas in the UK network, is already operating at full capacity and will contribute to the implementation of the state plan by 2020 to receive 20% of the country's energy from renewable resources.