Members of an Audlem group were among the first to take a tour around Reaseheath College’s new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant.

The plant was built at the Nantwich college to show the opportunities that exist with on-farm AD.

The college believes it will help community groups, farmers and allied businesses like engineering to decide if AD technology is an option now or in the future.

The unique plant was highlighted on Farming Sunday, Horse and Country TV’s flagship farming programme, last week.

Farm manager Mark Yearsley and renewable energy officer Dan Galloway were filmed discussing its day to day operation and management and early results.

The £900,000 plant, financed by the Rural Development Programme for England (Defra) and through the North West Regional Development Agency, has been operating for six months.

And it opened to the public for the first time last week when an Audlen sustainability group arrived for a  free tour.

Dan Galloway said: “We are keen to encourage anyone interested in the production of sustainable energy through smaller scale AD to come and have a look.

“With energy prices becoming constantly more volatile, we’d like as many people as possible to look at its potential for their own businesses and to benefit from our experiences.”

The plant is open for public tours 10am to midday on the following Tuesdays – November 8, December 6, January 10, February 7, and March 6.

For details contact Reaseheath’s Enterprise Delivery Hub on 01270 613195, email [email protected]

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