Alpha Financials Environmental understands the complexity of AD. We welcome your enquiries about each part of the AD puzzle or about the entire project. A multidisciplinary customised addresses only your agenda, because we are totally independent, both in terms of technology and finance.
Developing a successful and long term AD project that remains profitable is a challenge. With our wealth of feasibility, business planning and project management expertise we strive to become your independent partner.
What is Anaerobic Digestion (AD)?
This paragraph address those less familiar with AD , and can be skipped if you are in the know. AD is one of the important technologies to reduce our green house gas emissions, through its diversion from landfill. Still, AD is primarily a waste management solution for all waste that has the natural characteristic of fermenting. In layman’s words fermenting is called “rotting”, which is a 100% natural process. This biological process happens when bacteria, which are naturally present in the biodegradable waste, start to “digest the food”.
This process occurs faster when there is a lack of oxygen, hence the food is put in an anaerobic environment (meaning “without oxygen” ). This environment is achieved by enclosing the food either in a large concrete circular construction with a lid on, alternatively in a tightly closed container for smaller/dryer quantities. Furthermore, the process is enhanced through heating. Think of how much faster a banana rots when left in a plastic lunchbox in the sun as against when it is stored in a large cooled fridge.
During this fermentation process, the bacteria produce two outputs: (i) a gas called methane which can be put through an engine to produce electricity or upgraded and injected into the gas grid (amongst others usages) (ii) a digestate or the remainder of the food, which is a highly valued fertiliser.
To give a visual compassion, AD is like a perfectly functioning cow which eats grass (feedstock input), digests it (fermentation) and as outputs ‘flatulates’ a gas (methane) and excretes solids (digestate). In reality, it looks more like this:
“Anne and her team took our project on board showing as much enthusiasm for this project as we did ourselves. Any task we undertook they committed themselves 110%, their dedication was second to none. Any help we required they gave without question.” Greg & Sharon Nicklin – Marsh Hollow Farm
We have extensive experience in;
- Sourcing grant funding
- Independent feasibility reports
- Investor ready business plans
- Technology selection and options appraisal
- Grid, planning and permitting consultancy
- Structuring Joint Ventures (JV)
- Raising finance
You have an operational AD plant and seek to enhance its performance?
Are you operational but could use an independent sounding board to discuss how you can improve your performance? This enhancement can be chemical, biological, mechanical or financial. We invite you to call on our expertise via the Contact Us page or on 0118 934 94 87.
For further details on our financial capabilities visit our sister company on www.alpha-financials.com , because we want your finances to work as hard for you as your bio gas does.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.