Ad plants , you can’t make it up

Local plant produced too much gas and having to burn it off even thou there’s a shortage

Is it that it's producing too much or that it isn't of the correct quality to feed into the grid?
A gas to grid AD plant that I know of has to add propane to it to feed it into the grid. Sometimes (or more often occasionally) they flare it off if it isn't up to scratch.
 

Surgery

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Is it that it's producing too much or that it isn't of the correct quality to feed into the grid?
A gas to grid AD plant that I know of has to add propane to it to feed it into the grid. Sometimes (or more often occasionally) they flare it off if it isn't up to scratch.
Was told he was over producing so had to burn off the excess
 

Bongodog

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ONLY in the UK would you have AD plants & be able to call them “green” or “environmental” 🤦‍♂️
Anywhere else they’d be a disaster . . .
The idea is quite ludicrous, but its not just in the UK, there's plenty more in other parts of Western Europe. It all dates back around 20 years when in order to meet "green" targets Govt's were throwing money at all forms of renewable energy, some were efficient. some were hopelessly inefficient. One of the most notorious was a biomass heating grant in Northern Ireland that was so generous it paid more than the entire cost of fuel. As a result buildings were opening their windows to let heat out in order to keep the boilers running.
 

bitwrx

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The idea is quite ludicrous, but its not just in the UK, there's plenty more in other parts of Western Europe. It all dates back around 20 years when in order to meet "green" targets Govt's were throwing money at all forms of renewable energy, some were efficient. some were hopelessly inefficient. One of the most notorious was a biomass heating grant in Northern Ireland that was so generous it paid more than the entire cost of fuel. As a result buildings were opening their windows to let heat out in order to keep the boilers running.
That one did bring about the downfall of a government though...

ONLY in the UK would you have AD plants & be able to call them “green” or “environmental” 🤦‍♂️
Anywhere else they’d be a disaster . . .
Wind your neck in.

AD as a process is a great way of turning unwanted biomass (waste food, dead animals, sewerage, muck, slurry) into usable heat and energy, as @sjt01's setup admirably demonstrates. The economics and regulation are often all to cock and give undesirable outcomes (like growing crops and hauling digestate for miles).

This is by no means a situation exclusive to the UK.

I'm not sure what your problem is with the UK Roy. When I joined the forum a few years ago I really appreciated and valued your input - and challenge - from a very different environment and culture. More and more nowadays I feel like you just come here to insult my nation as a primary objective (rather than merely as a byproduct of constructively challenging our accepted norms). I lament the change in tone.
 
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