Landfill to power homes in Yorkshire

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

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Around 2,000 home insurance policyholders across North Yorkshire will have their properties powered by rubbish, as the Walled Garden Partnership has discovered an effective method of capturing the energy produced by landfill sites.

As part of the organisation's work, an engine will be used to convert methane gas into clean, green electricity at a site close to York.

Following this, it will then be connected to Husthwaite Sub Station through a 11.5km cable, putting it in a position from where it should be able to power the homes for 20 years.

As well as providing electricity, emissions will also be cut as the methane gas would otherwise have to be burnt off at the site.

Tony and Gill Eyers, who set up the Walled Garden Partnership, have been working on the machinery and technology to produce electricity from a landfill site for 18 months, following £1.5 million of financial backing from Santander Corporate Banking.

"This is a really exciting way to put the waste produced by society back to good use, not only helping to cut emissions but also providing a unique source of alternative power to local homes ," Andy Bowden, relationship director for Santander Corporate Banking, said.

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