Developed specifically to meet the needs of dairy farmers in the UK for a cost-effective source of renewable energy, SlurryGen is powered by fresh cow slurry. No energy crops. No imported waste streams. Just a simple standard piece of agricultural equipment. The unit is designed to sit between the slurry sump and the farm slurry store, generating electricity quietly and unobtrusively with minimal operator intervention.
Available in three size configurations (see below), SlurryGen processes between 8 and 24 tonnes per day of fresh cow slurry, generating biogas, which is then used to fuel a generator. In operation, SlurryGen can support a range of outputs from 30kWe for 8 hours a day, up to 50kWe for 24 hours per day. AAL will be happy to advise on likely outputs for each specific location. With total daily electricity output in the range 240-1200kWh (units), plus the opportunity to harness surplus heat for on-farm applications, SlurryGen should provide enough energy to power a typical dairy farm, perhaps with a little in hand to export to the grid. This may eliminate the need to purchase bulk power and should soften the impact of future increases in the price of electricity from commercial suppliers.
In addition to an established process, Advanced Anaerobics Limited will provide a full service package, working with each farmer to agree the best site, secure necessary approvals and consents (including grid connection). We will manage installation, testing and commissioning of the plant. We will stay on-site until everyone is happy that the unit is meeting expectations. Post-commissioning, we will be just a phone call away - for technical support and with ideas on operational optimisation.
We want SlurryGen to be easy to buy, easy to operate and easy to own. The plant is designed for operation on remote sites. In the event that something runs outside of normal operating parameters, it is configured to fail-safe. AAL’s team will then be on hand to get everything back on line quickly and with a minimum of fuss.
Advanced Anaerobics Limited is working with universities, a number of technology suppliers and recognized authorities in the field of anaerobic digestion to create the next generation of small-scale anaerobic digesters. From 10kW to 500kW of electricity output, the key will be high gas yields from a range of organic materials, combined with low capital cost. We hope to be testing full-scale units in the period 2016 to 2018.
The UK Government is reducing incentive support for a wide range of renewable energy technologies, including anaerobic digestion. AD must adapt to a world without incentive support quickly, offering real economic benefits within the operational activities on Britain’s farms. The learning curve is steep.
The challenge is clear. Each year, new anaerobic digesters must offer higher outputs for reduced capital and operating costs. This is a challenge that Advanced Anaerobics Limited accepts with enthusiasm.
AAL’s expanding range of anaerobic digesters will build on the success of the earlier models. However, it will require the very best in fresh thinking. Innovative process design, cutting-edge engineering, economies of scale in production and purchasing – flashes of inspiration and the best ideas from a variety of sources. If you want to join us in meeting this challenge, give us a call.
Note – All numbers are illustrative only. AAL will confirm expected performance numbers for each installation following a visit to site and an assessment of local conditions. All claims, whether qualitative or quantitative, are based on the reasonable understanding of Advanced Anaerobics Limited and are subject to amendment or change.