Member press release – Waste salmon for biogas recognised with top aquaculture award
The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has won the Community Initiative Award at the 2020 Aquaculture Awards for its work with the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) project on the Isle of Lewis – the first local circular economy of its kind in Scotland.
The success of the project, which sees fish waste (transferred from SSC’s processing plant) co-digested with household food and garden waste in an anaerobic digester (AD), is due partly to the installation of a Landia pasteurizer, as Donnie Macmillan, Plant Manager at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF), explains:
“Firstly, thoroughly deserved recognition must go to our partners in the OHLEH project; the Scottish Salmon Company, Pure Energy Centre (PEC), Community Energy Scotland and the funding by the Scottish Government Local Energy Challenge Fund. Behind the scenes with our very conscientious team here at Creed, we also invested in top quality, long-lasting equipment, including the Landia Pasteurizer, which allows us to process a 7-cubic ton batch per shift of waste salmon for our AD/biogas process. This is waste that would otherwise have been landfilled, so the creation instead of clean, renewable energy is a clear win-win for everybody on the Isle of Lewis and an example to the whole of Scotland and beyond as to what can be achieved with common goals”.
In addition to the continued success of its equipment on the Isle of Lewis, Landia has just been chosen to supply two of its pasteurizers for a new state-of-the-art waste-to-energy biogas plant in Romania. Set to play a crucial role in eliminating biohazards by heating biomass to a minimum of 72°C for one-hour batch processes, the Landia BioChop units will also enable the final digestate to be utilized safely as a high-quality fertilizer.