A hi-tech firm which converts food waste into heat and electricity officially opened its new £2.5m plant in Liverpool.
The green energy company, H2 Energy, was set up to help deal with the millions of tonnes of food waste produced by supermarkets and private households each year.
The site, at Wellington Business Park in the north of the city, builds the state-of-the-art “bio-refinery” units which can take the waste and turn it into energy.
The processing units resemble large shipping containers and are transported to the client’s own site for use.
The bio-refinery operates in the same way as the digestive systems of humans and mammals, by breaking down food waste to produce clean bio-methane which is then burnt to produce electricity and heat.
It aims to provide companies with a green and cost-effective way of disposing of their waste on their own sites, using it to power their businesses and converting their waste into an asset. The first bio-refinery unit was officially handed over yesterday to the company’s first major client, the 2 Sisterscorr Food Group in Carlisle, which supplies chicken products to major retailers such as M&S.
A total of 30 jobs have been created at the Liverpool manufacturing facility, which will rise to around 160 when the factory is fully operational by 2015.
The majority will be highly-skilled engineering jobs, but there will also be opportunities for apprentices.