Liverpool-based H2 Energy has signed a £50m contract with leading food manufacturer, 2 Sisters Food Group, to install bio-refineries that convert food waste and by-products into power and heat.
The project, announced by Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson, will see bio-refineries installed at all of 2 Sister’s 43 manufacturing sites in the UK, creating 150 jobs in the process.
The bio-refineries will deliver embedded on-site energy generation, providing electricity and thermal energy from each site’s waste.
According to H2 Energy, which will manufacture, install and operate the refineries, 2 Sisters will not only benefit from significant savings in energy and waste management costs, but will also achieve a lower carbon footprint, cut vehicle usage and support its move towards achieving zero waste to landfill.
The first phase of the project will see refineries installed on ten sites and is expected to generate 40,000 MWh of electricity and 70,000 MWh of thermal energy a year, as well as remove 20,000 annual HGV journeys from the road.
The first installation at 2 Sisters’ Cavaghan and Gray site in Carlisle will produce up to 3,500 MWh of electricity a year – 20 per cent of the site’s needs – and 5,000 MWh of processing steam to drive production.
Andrew Edlin, sustainability and environment director for 2 Sister Food Group, said: “This [project] is absolutely cutting edge, not just for the food industry, but for the UK.
“Producing over 100 MWh of energy on our sites fundamentally changes their energy profile and results in carbon savings of over 35,000 tonnes, around 10 per cent of our non-transport footprint.”
William Shotton, chief executive of H2 Energy, added: “We are absolutely delighted with the partnership on embedded generation with 2 Sisters and the benefits of waste treatment at source, decreased vehicle movements and reduced carbon emissions to be achieved by this agreement.”