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Top hotel makes 'major energy savings' from food waste

11 November 2010

Organic food waste from the kitchens at the ''highly renowned'' Jacobean 4-Star Hotel is now tipped straight into the biodigester

This BioNova machine then breaks it all down in 72 hours or less into a nutrient-rich soil-like material, which will shortly be fed into a biomass boiler to provide heating for the hotel’s swimming pool and several ancillary buildings.

“When the biomass boiler is commissioned we’ll be saving over £400 per month on our gas bill,” said Nailcote Hall’s owner Rick Cressman.

“This investment is a far more economic and greener way to deal with waste. Instead of having to pay for it to be taken away, we can now substantially reduce our heating costs. For us, recycling our waste on-site to produce green energy is definitely the way forward''.

He added: “We’ve also had a shredder fitted to the biodigester so that soft cardboard and garden waste can be added too. Furthermore, we’ve had BioNova introduce a separate fuel pod to convert our kitchen’s waste cooking oil into biodiesel to run our hotel vehicles and mowers”.

Even though the Biodigester is situated well away from public view at the rear of the 17th century Nailcote Hall, BioNova have also provided an outbuilding in keeping with the main structure’s Jacobean style to house all the equipment.

Nailcote Hall Hotel were first made aware of the benefits of a BioNova Biodigester by North London-based ACM Waste Management, with whom it has worked for several years. ACM recently became a major distributor for BioNova.

With the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on its way in April 2011, Nailcote Hall Hotel should benefit even further financially as eligible renewable heating technologies will receive long-term, fixed payments from the government.

Utilising bacteria, oxygen and heat to convert organic waste into a nitrogen-rich material, BioNova’s biodigester uses just 1kW hour to process between 10kg to 15kg. At 6p per kW hour, it equates to about £6 per tonne.


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