Ekogea UK Director wins Global Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Industry Award

Ekogea UK is delighted to have won the prestigious global Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Industry Award for the Best Biogas Plant below 1MWe. The Award recognises the success of Ekogea UK Director, Philip Hughes, and his Biogas Plant at Hendwr Farm, Corwen, north Wales.

The crème de la crème in the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry gathered at the AD & Biogas Industry Awards Ceremony 2019 in Birmingham on Wednesday (3 July) to celebrate organisations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to innovation and excellence in support of this game-changing sector over the past year.

Philip Hughes said, “I am absolutely delighted that our pioneering biogas plant has won this prestigious global industry award. We believe the work we are doing in AD, animal health and a number of other important applications is having a transformational impact environmentally, whilst improving farm AD income, and the health and wellbeing of animals.”

Jointly organised by the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA) the 2019 Awards recognised companies and individuals from around the world across 14 categories. Philip Hughes was given his Award by the Awards Ceremony host, Andy Pag, BBC reporter and eco-adventurer.

The biogas plant at Hendwr Farm has been in operation since 2017 and is currently producing over 1.5 times (150%) daily digester biogas production rate compared to a typical farm biogas plant.

The plant is pioneering because the digester has been dosed with Ekogea’s BioComplex additive containing polyuronic acid to create biological stability and oligosaccharides to feed the bacteria within the AD plant providing enhanced biogas output. The gas output is further enhanced with the pre-treatment micronisation of the AD feedstock reducing the particle size for faster, more complete digestion.

Anaerobic Digestion is just one part of Ekogea UK’s business, which also has an office at Hendwr Farm aswell as Ivybridge in Devon. Ten million broilers are estimated to have benefited from Ekogea’s BioComplex (BCxF) since it was introduced at the end of last year.

BCxF comprises 100% Ascophyllum Nodosum kelp, a fully approved EU feed ingredient.
The 100% natural product, made using organic seaweed from the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, is delivered via drinking water lines to the birds. It has been shown to improve birds’ overall health allowing them to grow more efficiently, increase bird weight, reduce levels of ammonia, and reduce disease through the process of competitive exclusion.

Because of the improved bird health, most farmers are also seeing significant financial gains. In a recent vet report, a crop of around 200,000 broilers treated with BCxF was calculated to have added more than £20,000 profit for the farm.

Pictured at the Award’s Ceremony are left to right: Philip Hughes, Ekogea UK Director, Goran Ďorđič, Ekogea’s Chief Scientist and Microbiologist and James Tolson, from the Award sponsor Vogelsang.


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