The Icknield Farm project is being developed in conjunction with Scotia Gas Networks, our local gas network operator. SGN have pioneered the use of AD facilities to generate biomethane for injection into the gas grid to be used as a clean, renewable fuel.
Indeed, the very first gas to grid project in the UK (there are still only 4, although several are now in development or construction around the country) was in Didcot.
Watch this short video for an overview of the process of creating biomethane for injection into the grid.
The key advantage of injection into the grid is that it maximises the capture of the energy value in the biogas. Many AD plants use the biogas to generate electricity, but in the process much of the energy is converted into heat, and is often lost to the amosphere.