What is Anaerobic Digestion and why should it be encouraged?
Anaerobic digestion is the conversion of biodegradable material in sealed vessels in the absence of oxygen by a consortia of bacteria and Archaea from which a valuable biogas and a digestate are produced. This biogas is collected and typically utilised as a source of energy. Digestate from the process can be utilised as a fertiliser (replacing mineral fertiliser) and as a soil conditioner. Alternative uses for biogas and digestates are currently being evaluated.
Anaerobic digestion is an attractive option for Wales and the UK as it can contribute towards meeting targets for waste recycling and diversion of organic wastes from landfill, the requirement to pre-treat organic materials prior to disposal, targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the requirement to generate renewable energy.
AD Events and Projects
Representatives of the AD Centre often present our latest research outputs and state of the art developments in the AD sector at events across the UK, internationally, and online. These events, or a selection of others that may be of interest will be posted here. Information to a selection of external research projects that are of interest to the AD Sector will also be posted here.