Winchester City Council Planning Committee approved the application from Sparsholt College by eight votes to one on 13 October 2016.

This ground-breaking scheme which will train farmers for the future, help local farmers financially, and help Winchester District do our share to meet national renewable energy targets. At the moment, we lag far behind what we should be doing.

Winchester Council Planning Committee approved the revised Planning Application for the Hampshire Renewable Energy Demonstration Centre and Green Gas Mill on 13 October.

Sparsholt College's planning application was rejected 7 votes to 1 at the Winchester City Council Planning Committee on Thursday 21 April, even though the Planning Department recommended approval.

WinACC response to the application by Clean Power Properties for permission for an anaerobic digester and pyrolysis plant at Micheldever sidings has been submitted to Hampshire County Council planners.


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Barfoots are a sweetcorn grower and processor based on the South Coast close to the port of Portsmouth. They take in sweetcorn cobs from their own fields in the summer and ship in more from other countries the rest of the year. They had a lot of organic waste to deal with and opted for an AD to use it to generate electricity to power their factory.

Anaerobic digestion is the natural breakdown of organic materials, usually food or agricultural waste, which produces gas which is burnt to generate electricity or fed into the gas network. The residue is a fertiliser to spread straight on to agricultural land. The key to sustainable Anaerobic digestion is the energy required to transport the fuel to the plant and the residue away.

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Anaerobic digestion and energy from waste

A dynamic and easy-to-understand presentation by Marco Poliafico looking into the anaerobic digestion technology principles.

WinACC considers that this document, although produced by Friends of the Earth in 2009, stands as a fair and unbiased summary of the situation. It is particularly useful in that it compares processes for advanced thermal treatment (incineration, gasification and pyrolysis) of municipal solid waste with recycling, re-use and composting which other reports largely fail to do.

An overview of the independent generation market in Great Britain.

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