Southern Water’s project to generate poo power on the Isle of Wight has completed.
A new £700,000 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is now up and running at the company’s Sandown Wastewater Treatment Works.
The CHP plant is generating electricity by capturing and burning biogas produced as part of the treatment process. This gas provides power and heat to the works, with any surplus exported to the National Grid.
Morné Cloete, Southern Water Project Manager, said:
“I’m sure our customers are delighted that they are helping us minimise the environmental impact of our business, dealing with their business – by generating electricity with poo power.
“CHP plants help us reduce our carbon footprint while also cutting our energy costs and are just one of the innovative ways Southern Water is helping protect the communities and environment in which we work.”
The CHP plant was installed by Southern Water supplier Cogenco. It is capable of generating 2.5GWh of electricity, enough to power 750 average-sized homes.
Sandown Wastewater Treatment Works serves more than 138,000 people across the north of the Island, cleaning flows of about 840 litres a second.