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Tuesday March 29 2022

Meet the Experts: Karla Malkinson

A fair and just culture that rewards innovation, participation and improvement is the key to business success, claims Birch Solutions’ Head of Compliance Karla Malkinson as she kicks off a new feature where the business’ team of experts share their insights and experiences. Birch Solutions’ boasts a highly experienced team with a diverse skillset to […]

Tuesday March 15 2022

Rapid expansion sees Birch Solutions recruit six new members of staff

LEADING anaerobic digestion and CHP expert Birch Solutions is continuing its rapid expansion with the appointment of six new members of staff. The business, based at Barnetby in North Lincolnshire, has recruitment Glenn Carney as Head of Sales, Simon Blades as Head of Operations, Alistair Carlton as Supply Chain Manager, Rick Laverick as AD Lead […]

Wednesday March 9 2022

Birch Solutions team volunteers to help Ukraine

The Birch Solutions team turned from managing and maintaining anaerobic digestion plants this week and instead dedicated some time to helping the people of Ukraine by volunteering at McArthur Agriculture which has become a collection point for donations for the war-torn nation. MD Mark Sacker, Head of Operations Simon Blades, Business Development Manager Nigel Thompson […]

Friday February 25 2022

Why are Biogas Generators Built Underground?

In the UK, biogas plants are a familiar sight. Often placed in rural areas such as on farms or in open fields, the round reactor bins with their domed roofs are relatively common and recognisable to most people. However, did you know that in many developing nations, AD plants are often built underground? This may […]

Thursday February 17 2022

CO2 Removal from Biogas – How Upgrading Works

Biogas is the product of anaerobic digestion, the breakdown of organic matter by microbes in anaerobic conditions in an AD reactor. The process can also create a nutrient-rich digestate which can be used as an agricultural fertiliser. However, the gas produced by anaerobic digestion is of variable quality, often dependent on the type of feedstocks […]

Thursday February 3 2022

Biogas vs Natural Gas – how do they compare?

For many years, natural gas has been used as a fuel to heat and power homes and businesses across the world. However, as we get a better understanding of the impact fossil fuels have on the planet, more sustainable alternatives are being produced. Biogas production is, by contrast, a carbon neutral process and can even […]

Friday January 28 2022

Do Anaerobic Digestor Plants Smell?

Anaerobic digestion plants can be a great investment for farmers and other businesses that generate organic waste. Not only do they convert that waste into renewable energy, but they can also generate a return on the initial investment, enabling plant owners to make money over time. However, many of the feedstocks used by AD plants […]

Wednesday January 5 2022

Is Biogas Production a Profitable Business Model?

With an array of incentives and subsidies available to develop AD plants in the past, investing in biogas was generally a safe bet. Not only did it provide electricity and heat to run localised applications, thereby slashing traditional energy bills, surplus electricity could be sold to the National Grid at a guaranteed price. If upgraded, […]

Friday December 3 2021

Agricultural Biogas Plants – A Good Investment for Farmers?

Anaerobic digester (AD) plants have long been thought a good investment for farmers. Historically, they produced electricity and heat that can be used to power other farm enterprises, thereby significantly cutting expenditure on energy bills, or be sold to the national grid to raise revenue, producing a return on investment. Not only this, but they […]

Wednesday November 24 2021

The History of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas

Early pioneers Many people think anaerobic digestion is relatively new technology that has come to the fore as an environmentally friendly way to treat organic waste and produce renewable gas and electricity. But this isn’t the case at all. In fact, anaerobic digestion has a long history possibly stretching back as far as the 10th […]