Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Minworth - a source of gas for Birmingham

One of the country’s largest sewage works is at Minworth just outside Birmingham.  Birmingham is a consumer of energy, much of it gas.  Are the two related ?  The answer is yes: sewage processing can create methane gas.

An encouraging story from 2011 was an award to CNG Services for Didcot Biomethane to Grid.  The achievement that is now a success at the Oxfordshire town of Didcot, better known for its power station cooling towers, is that biomethane is now being injected into the UK gas grid.
Before this project, Didcot was flaring its biogas.  Now the gas is cleaned, upgraded, and used.  Could Minworth’s managers, Severn Trent Water, consider something like this ?
Comments on this blog are welcome
John Hall

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