This is a great time for Community enterpriseWildpoldersheid in Germany produces 321% more energy than it uses and exports...
Town scale biogas plants make good senseThere are risks! A drop in gate fees, Feed in Tariffs, who takes the digestate? Wi...
East Sussex could support 3-4 biogas                 Key   Gas to bio-methane                    sites treating 70,000 – 1...
How are we doing?  If we can raise £ 75 k for pre-planning costs  (community engagement, surveys, planning consultant) we ...
This is what a standard plant would look like if made fromconcrete (cheaper than steel). Note the figure in the bottomrigh...
1.Hastings site: min size req’d 2400 m2                       To treat 12,000 tonnes per annum (Tpa) would require        ...
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Food waste will come in tankersor sealed vehicles and all thetipping and processing willhappen inside the building. Thiswi...
6ESCC planners advised that we would not need an EIA for this site but that bat or lizard and slow-worm surveys might be r...
This is in the middle of a Swiss town, 15 metresFrom housing                                          10
Electricity is fed to the grid (or local users) heat can be used locally or to dry wood. TheCHP runs 24/7 so maintaining i...
If we built one what would we get from 10,000 tonnes        of food waste?ELECTRICITY                         2.98 Gigawat...
We are working with a company that has designed a new type of foodwaste bin for homes and businesses. It does not smell!On...
If the Hastings biogas plant is operational by mid ton late 2013                          it is likely to be one of the fi...
ENERGISE SUSSEX COASTour renewable energy co-op   We are registering   as an Industrial   Provident Society for   the bene...
A local biogas plant can contribute in several ways – apart from all itsobvious environmental benefits•A green utility com...
We not only want to pioneer an appropriate and local scale solution to the problemof food waste but a business model that ...
JOIN     ENERGISE SUSSEX COAST !Individuals, businesses, institutions and othercommunity organisations are welcome to sign...
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  1. 1. This is a great time for Community enterpriseWildpoldersheid in Germany produces 321% more energy than it uses and exports 4million Euros of green power to the grid.They have wind farms, solar, 2 biogasplants …. There are 160 neighbourhood co-ops set up in the UK to keep village shops, nurseries and pubs open. There are over 40 energy co- ops set up to generate renewable energy from wind, solar or hydro projects. Ovesco raised £ 400,000 for community solar in Lewes 1
  2. 2. Town scale biogas plants make good senseThere are risks! A drop in gate fees, Feed in Tariffs, who takes the digestate? Will we get planning? We don’t want to ask community shareholders to take these risks Biogas plants and district heating 2
  3. 3. East Sussex could support 3-4 biogas Key Gas to bio-methane sites treating 70,000 – 100,000 tonnes Gas to grid of commercial bio-wastes (estimate) We are Gas to local CHP looking at all the options – Hastings is likely to be the first (possibly the first in the UK) Isfield MountfieldLewes, Ham Lane Rye Hastings Eastbourne Beddingham 3
  4. 4. How are we doing? If we can raise £ 75 k for pre-planning costs (community engagement, surveys, planning consultant) we hope to apply for planning asape are confident that we can source 8000-10000 Tpa of commercial and catering food waste We are confident that we will find the funding Funders want to pay a community dividend 4
  5. 5. This is what a standard plant would look like if made fromconcrete (cheaper than steel). Note the figure in the bottomright hand corner for scale 5
  6. 6. 1.Hastings site: min size req’d 2400 m2 To treat 12,000 tonnes per annum (Tpa) would require 24 – 30 vehicle movements per dayWe don’t need to take garden and landscape waste if we can source enough food waste. The bestuse of the heat would be if we could supply heat and power to EMMAUS and SAINSBURY – we areworking on this. Local restaurants, pubs, butchers, farm produce wholesalers we have talked towould love to supply us – they are paying up to £ 26 for a single wheelie bin collection! We couldsave them money and turn their waste into energy. 6
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  8. 8. Food waste will come in tankersor sealed vehicles and all thetipping and processing willhappen inside the building. Thiswill be sealed, have negativepressure and a bio-filtrationplant will absorb odours.Neighbours will not be able tosee, hear or smell theplant.The plant will have a de-packaging unit as supermarketswill not de-package their waste.One supermarket producesaround 2 Tonnes of food wasteper week.It is essential that we find localusers of the digestate – farms,woodland managers, marketgardens. This is slowing downthe uptake of AD plants in theUK 8
  9. 9. 6ESCC planners advised that we would not need an EIA for this site but that bat or lizard and slow-worm surveys might be required. We are proposing a solar roof for the Reception Hall. If there was away to make the buildings architecturally “interesting” we would like to hear about it.. 9
  10. 10. This is in the middle of a Swiss town, 15 metresFrom housing 10
  11. 11. Electricity is fed to the grid (or local users) heat can be used locally or to dry wood. TheCHP runs 24/7 so maintaining it is expensive. Germany has 7000 of these plants, the UK 70! 11
  12. 12. If we built one what would we get from 10,000 tonnes of food waste?ELECTRICITY 2.98 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) = 2,975 million Kwh (around 850 homes)HEATOver 3 Gwh (we can use the heat locally or to dry wood for biomassheating or supply hot water to neighbouring sites)Nearly 9,000 tonnes of very useful fertiliser 12
  13. 13. We are working with a company that has designed a new type of foodwaste bin for homes and businesses. It does not smell!One of the big 5 waste companies is working with two universities tounderstand the biology. What this means is that food waste (includingpet litter) need only be collected every two weeks.What’s more, the weight goes down by 8%. Waste contractors and LocalAuthorities would save money…We could we run a pilot in Hollington for homes and businesses 13
  14. 14. If the Hastings biogas plant is operational by mid ton late 2013 it is likely to be one of the first of its kind, demonstrating that “waste” can be turned into a renewable energy resource for the community. Every town could have one!Biogas plants are more complex and havemore risks than wind turbines, solar roofs orhydro-power stations.If we asked the community to invest we areonly likely to raise a tiny % of the capital costof the plant (bear in mind we are not thatfamiliar with this technology in the UK).For a farm-based anaerobic digester that doesnot treat food waste this would be a good idea– they need only cost £ 500 k compared to £ 5mil.In our model the Hastings Energy Co. wouldgift a community energy co-op - EnergiseSussex Coast - a shareholding in the plant witha significant % of its profits (at no risk).This can contribute to a Community Fund tosupport a range of other community projects… 14
  15. 15. ENERGISE SUSSEX COASTour renewable energy co-op We are registering as an Industrial Provident Society for the benefit of the community – an IPS Ben Com The BIG issue we aim to tackle in the region is fuel poverty in urban and rural communities 15
  16. 16. A local biogas plant can contribute in several ways – apart from all itsobvious environmental benefits•A green utility company interested in funding the plant and purchasing its “green”electricity can offer a “community tariff” to 250 vulnerable homes (saving each homeup to £ 200 a year in electricity bills)•In 2013 the local authority can retain the business rates for community benefit. Thiscould contribute £ 50,000 p.a to the community•The initial community shareholding in the plant will contribute an annual dividend.This will be invested directly into energy improvements for vulnerable households•The plant can provide training opportunities in green technologies.We also want to create green collar jobs by setting up a catering waste collection 16
  17. 17. We not only want to pioneer an appropriate and local scale solution to the problemof food waste but a business model that could benefit this and other communitiesin the long term. Energise East Sussex Hastings Sussex energy Energy Co Coast projects Lewes Ovesco Energy Co IPSLocal biogas “companies” can register as Enterprise Investment Schemes – giving investors (includinglocal investors) significant tax benefits. If we seek social investors willing to accept a lower return wecan increase the annual contribution to a Community Fund. Some investors may be willing to transfertheir equity in the energy company to the community when they recover their initial investment,increasing the community share of the biogas plant. 17
  18. 18. JOIN ENERGISE SUSSEX COAST !Individuals, businesses, institutions and othercommunity organisations are welcome to sign up asfounder members. Contact details Richard Watson Richard@positiveenergysussex.co.uk Tel 01424 719619 M 07854 951325 Positive Energy Sussex LLP is registered in England at Top Floor, 18b Marina, St. Leonards, East Sussex TN38 0DL Company no. OC361944 18

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