green gas mill

The new green energy site in Somerset is the company’s third green gas mill project, with the first launched in Gloucestershire in April and the second announced in Hampshire recently.

The company is also planning to unveil its fourth green gas mill before the end of the year.

Designed to power up to 2,500 homes, the 3MW thermal plant will feature anaerobic digestion (AD) technology which will help in generating of green gas or biomethane from grass to replace fossil fuel for the national grid.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: "We are at the beginning of a revolution in gas, not from fracking but from farms; there’s a whole new industry waiting to be created here, meaning more jobs and plenty of economic benefits.

"Making green gas from grass doesn’t compete with food production, it actually supports it and the farmers working the land.

"It also helps wildlife, creating new habitats and there’s enough non-food producing farmland in Britain in principal to meet 95% of the gas we need this way.

"The strength of public opposition to fracking is crystal clear, and it’s only increasing as well as the significant environmental and health impacts, it’s just an unnecessary risk which we can avoid entirely by pursuing Green Gas."

BusinessGreen cited an Ecotricity spokesperson as saying that the company is planning to commence construction of the mill in the second half of next year.

The mill will source grass from the nearby non-food producing land.

Image: Green Gas Mill. Photo: courtesy of Ecotricity.