Alltech will utilise its fermentation expertise to help optimise biogas production. [Image: Alltech]

By Shardul Sharma

US-based bioscience company Alltech has signed an agreement with Tobermore Concrete, CEMCOR, and Road Safety Contracts to become a partner in the Mid-Ulster Biorefinery and Circular Economy Cluster, which aims to construct a 10 MW biomethane facility in Northern Ireland, the company announced on July 10.

The project is facilitated by the Centre for Competitiveness and supported by the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy at Queen’s University Belfast.

Alltech will utilise its fermentation expertise to help optimise biogas production and, with its biochemical methane potential (BMP) labs, will advise producers on how to generate renewable energy from agricultural animal waste.

Patrick Ward, Europe and Asia-Pacific applications manager at Alltech, said, “By utilising animal waste, we aim to drive innovation to create more renewable biomethane for the consumer and reduce the usage of fossil fuels, which is paramount for reducing our global carbon footprint and GHG emissions, thus benefiting the environment.”

Biogas production from anaerobic digestion is well established in Northern Ireland, and biomethane is set for accelerated growth across the island.

Alltech is headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky. It has five bioscience centres and operates more than 75 manufacturing facilities across the globe.

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