Harper Adams wins award for Best Renewable Energy Electricity Facility

Harper Adams is celebrating winning one of the first ever Renewable Energy Infrastructure Awards.

The University College’s anaerobic digestion plant won the inaugural Electricity Facility Award, presented during a ceremony at London’s Royal Kensington Garden Hotel.

Harper Adams Estates Manager Paul Moran received the award from Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The Electricity Facility Award rewards all-round design and construction success, technical innovations, ability to communicate ideas across the delivery team and wider stakeholder group, plus the extent to which the project pushes beyond the norm in its design, delivery and operation.

The £3 million-plus Harper Adams anaerobic digestion unit was constructed thanks to funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Revolving Green Fund, project partner E.ON Energy, and BiogenGreenfinch, which supplied the plant.

Renewable electricity is produced from food and farm waste and provides a highly effective waste management system, which is anticipated to offset campus carbon emissions more than three times over. Other by-products of the AD process include liquid fertiliser and compost, which can be used in the University College’s farms and grounds operations, reducing reliance on manufactured fertilisers.

The AD plant has already attracted hundreds of visitors from the UK and overseas, keen to learn about green energy production.