Biogest appears at the world’s largest festival with a completed anaerobic digestion plant for Worthy Farm in Glastonbury

  • Biogest anaerobic digestion plant providing green energy for the festival
  • 49th edition of Glastonbury festival 26th – 30th June 2019
  • #lovethefarm #leavenotrace #waste2energy


    Glastonbury/ Vienna: The UK festivals are facing the pressure to find sustainable solutions for their waste, because over 3 million people are enjoying Great Britain’s events. Due to their immense amount of guests and popularity, the governmental plan is being targeted to be plastic free until 2042. One of its approaches is Worthy Farm with its Glastonbury festival. From 2019, the organisers prohibited the use of plastic bottles at its festival, aiming a greener event. About 135,000 visitors will experience the 49th edition of the Glastonbury festival in Pilton, Somerset this month. The upcoming festival will present live performances of The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus and many more.


    Biogest received the order to build a 124 kW anaerobic digestion (AD) plant for Worthy Farm in Glastonbury. It was their 34th AD plant completed in the UK. Followed by more than 100 projects all over Europe, this Biogest AD plant represents an essential reference plant for further international projects. With the completed Biogest PowerCompact AD plant, Worthy Farm is able to cover from the generated electrical capacity not only its own energy needs and of the Glastonbury festival, but also to supply approx. 370 households by feeding in to the public grid.


    Biogest won the UK AD & Biogas Industry Award for “Best international micro-scale plant” with its PowerCompact technology. It has certain advantages concerning plant operation, energy efficiency and operation safety with an electrical supply between 100-250 kW. In addition, four PowerCompact AD plants are built and financed by Biogest in the UK within Biogest’s OPO (Own Plant Operation) business field.


    Interview with Michael Eavis


    How did you find out about the company Biogest?

    Micheal Eavis: We have a dairy farm of 1000 cattle which produces lots and lots of slurry. We also have the Glastonbury Festival on the farm which I’ve been running for 50years. I was very keen to convert the slurry into electricity and having seen a similar set-up on a farm a few miles away, I decided to follow that particular design.


    Which reasons did you have for choosing Biogest as a technology supplier?

    Micheal Eavis: First of all, we were impressed by the local reference plant we saw, which had already been in operation for more than 4 years, with a performance of more than 90%. I also liked that Biogest has an office in the UK and is able to provide fast support in case of a problem.


    What impacts on the environment does the biogas plant have from your point of view?

    Micheal Eavis: The major benefit for us is the processing of the slurry, as it will be degraded and become a fertilizer which we can spray on our fields. Of course, the electricity production also has a positive impact, as we are producing renewable energy to use and export to the grid.


    How would you describe the profitability of the investment in a biogas plant?

    Micheal Eavis: The profitability of the biogas plant is definitely a bonus, however, our main goal was to make the farm greener.


    Biogest is an internationally active biogas plant manufacturer and operator with its headquarters in Austria and subsidiaries in France, in the UK, US, Italy, Romania, Serbia and the Czech Republic. More than 150 biogas plant projects generating electricity or biomethane have been completed to date. Our reference plants are located in several European countries and India. The global market is served by licenced partners.


    As a renewable source of energy, biogas offers technological, ecological and economic advantages: energy can be generated 365 days a year, at all times of the day and night, and therefore biogas plays an important role in the mix of renewable energy from water, sun and wind. In addition to helping achieve climate protection goals, biogas also helps reduce reliance on energy imports. Decentralised energy generation also guarantees sustainable local development.


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    Christian Riel                (CFO)
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