UK company uses cheese to power 4,000 homes

A UK dairy in Yorkshire has signed an settlement with a neighborhood biogas plant to provide it with a by-product of cheese-making that may be become thermal power to warmth homes within the space.

The Wensleydale Creamery, which produces the Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, makes 4,000 tons of cheese yearly at its dairy in Hawes within the coronary heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

The company has struck a take care of specialist surroundings fund supervisor Iona Capital, underneath which an Iona biogas plant will produce greater than 10,000 MWh of vitality per yr from whey—a by-product of cheese making, Wensleydale Creamery stated on Monday.

Under the deal, Wensleydale Creamery will present Iona Capital’s Leeming Biogas plant in North Yorkshire with leftover whey from the method of cheese making. The plant will course of and switch the whey into “green gas” through anaerobic digestion that can produce thermal power enough to warmth 800 homes a yr.

Iona Capital already has 9 such renewable vitality crops in Yorkshire, which save the equal of 37,300 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

“Once we have converted the cheese by-product supplied by Wensleydale into sustainable green gas, we can feed what’s left at the end of the process onto neighbouring farmland to improve local topsoil quality. This shows the real impact of the circular economy and the part intelligent investment can play in reducing our CO2 emissions,” Mike Dunn, co-founder of Iona, stated in an announcement.

“The whole process of converting local milk to premium cheese and then deriving environmental and economic benefit from the natural by-products is an essential part of our business plan as a proud rural business. It is only possible as a result of significant and continued investments in our Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes and to sign this agreement and have the opportunity to convert a valuable by-product of cheese making into energy that will power hundreds of homes across the region will be fantastic for everyone involved,” Wensleydale Creamery’s managing director, David Hartley, stated.