Energy firms join forces

Oct 30, 2008

The face of the UK’s anaerobic digestion industry is set to change significantly as the country’s leading operator BIOGEN (UK) Ltd, part of the Bedfordia group, has joined forces with leading technology provider Greenfinch Ltd.

BiogenGreenfinch will hold a unique position in the UK as a business which delivers a fully integrated AD solution to the agricultural, food, waste and water industries and to local authorities.

BIOGEN’s integrated clean AD plants recycle food waste to produce a valuable biofertiliser and renewable energy and along with Greenfinch they have been responsible for the development of 12 plants to date throughout the UK.

Michael Chesshire, founder of Greenfinch and technology director of BiogenGreenfinch said: "Interest in AD has increased enormously over the past two years because of its strong credentials as a low carbon technology, addressing the challenges of landfill diversion, energy costs, fertiliser costs and resource management.

“Britain needs a strong home-grown AD industry and BiogenGreenfinch brings together the expertise and resources of two pioneering companies which have invested heavily in the development of the technology for food waste, for agriculture and for the water industry.”

BiogenGreenfinch chief executive officer Dan Poulson said: “This is an exciting milestone for both companies. BiogenGreenfinch has secured funding from Bedfordia Group plc which has invested a total of £18 million to develop the business.

"The consolidation of two such complementary businesses enables a significant increase in R&D investment, improving further on the second generation AD plant currently under construction and ten further plants in development.”

John Ibbett, chairman of BiogenGreenfinch and of Bedfordia Group said, “We feel privileged and delighted to be joining forces. Both BIOGEN and Greenfinch have grown from family businesses with strong values and these will continue to be upheld.”

Pictured: (from left) Michael Chesshire, John Ibbett and Dan Poulson.

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