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Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 14:14 GMT
Dung-fired power station awaits approval
Dung-fired power station
Britain's first dung-fired power station is planned
Britain's first dung-fired power station could begin operating in north Devon, if the Environment Agency gives the go-ahead.

The revolutionary 7m plant, based in Holsworthy, would use about 1.6m tonnes of slurry from local farmers.

It has been funded by a grant from the EC and a German company called Farmatic.

Biogases emitted from the fermented slurry would be used to produce up to two megawatts of electricity for the national grid.
Local farmers will provide raw materials for the power station
The countryside provides raw materials

The plant's processes will also produce hot water for use in a community heating scheme, and organic manure which farmers can use on their land.

Director, Charles Clarke, said the plant was virtually complete, but they were waiting for an integrated pollution prevention control licence from the Environment Agency.

"As soon as we get the licence we will start collecting slurry and get the process going," said Mr Clarke, a retired farmer.

"We are looking to be in full production in early May."


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