‘As a local of Totnes, I believe that it is the ideal location for Technology based business with Sustainability at its heart and our collaboration with organisations such as Paignton Zoo and Dartington Estates have been central in shaping our understanding of the market.’
Stirling Paatz -Founder, New Generation Biogas
Founded in 2008, by Stirling Paatz , and building on research done by Dr Phil Hobbs from Rothamstead Research as part of a DEFRA funded research programme, New Generation Biogas offer compact and profitable individual on-farm High Throughput Anaerobic Digestion of organic waste, using their innovative Archemax® system.
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is an extremely effective biological means to convert organic feedstocks – most notably domestic, food production and agricultural wastes – into Biogas, which, after cleaning is similar in energy content to Natural Gas. The residue is also a valuable organic fertiliser, so nothing is wasted.
However, although 180 million of the 200 million tonnes of agricultural waste produced in the UK is animal slurry and crop residues, currently, this tends to be avoided by conventional anaerobic digestion processes because of the high cost of transportation. Through various processes and technologies developed by New Generation Biogas, not only has this digestive process been sped up almost tenfold, items like grass silage and chicken manure that other processes avoid , can now be processed. Importantly, New Generation Biogas estimate that their Archemax system could provide as much as 32TW of energy and save almost 25 million tonnes of CO2 , providing an efficient source of energy from a plentiful waste product.
In addition to their Archemax system, the company also make use of their comprehensive in-house analysis capabilities to help those with existing AD operations to optimise their processes. Similarly, their R&D programme is also continuing to refine the technology behind this process and push into new areas, such as mineral recovery from the waste products.