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Plans for renewable energy facility at Gresham

07:00 16 November 2010

Biogas maize crops

Biogas maize crops

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Proposals have been put forward to create a renewable energy facility near Gresham which will convert crops into a source of electricity.

The plans, which have been submitted to North Norfolk District Council by Future Biogas Limited, are for a biogas digester to be erected at Stonepit Hill in Plum Lane, Gresham, on an open field, which is currently used for farming.

The digester will enable locally sourced crops such as maize and sugar beet to be converted into biogas, a gas made from the digestion of agricultural and animal waste, which can then be collected and used as a fuel to produce electricity.

It is intended the local farmers will grow and supply the energy crops, and will also be able to use a bio-fertiliser which is produced while the crops are being converted into the biogas.

The plans are currently under consultation.

3 comments

  • It's good to see some renewable energy coming to North Norfolk. Using local biomass to make clean energy is a very sensible idea. North Norfolk is not blessed with a good road network but that shouldn't stop us doing our bit.

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    Harold

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

  • This may be good renewable energy, but the Plum Lane site is just not suitable for some 8,000 heavy tractor-and-15 ton trailer journeys a year - or 44 every day during the 5 month harvest season. The local road network in and leading to Plum Lane from all directions can barely cope with the existing heavy farm and other traffic - Sheringham residents taking the Pretty Corner-Plum Lane shortcut south will already know. Find another site. This one is wholly wrong.

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    Maurice

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

  • They are building another one of these huge anerobic digesters at Felthorpe. It is HUGE. I live near Gresham and I shudder at the thought of what 8,000 lorry movements would have on the quiet lanes around Gresham. Why doesn't the owner of the land (Peter Seaman) put one of these plants near to his house instead??? How selfish! The idea is good but the site is totally unsuitable.

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    Geoff

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

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