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BV Dairy

Established in 1958, BV Dairy processes around 35 million litres of milk per year, sourced from 35 farms located near its site. The product range includes fresh and cultured dairy products for sale to the UK’s food manufacturers and food service operators. 

BV Dairy is hoping to generate more than 75% of the site’s electricity consumption with a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) system. The high-rate liquid AD digester has been designed and built by Clearfleau Ltd. Ylem Energy has designed, supplied, commissioned and is operating the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that currently converts the biogas into renewable electrical energy for utilisation at the production facility. 

The AD system involves waste liquids from the dairy being converted into biogas, which will then be used to generate electricity and heat using Ylem Energy's CHP technology. The majority of electricity, will power the existing dairy operations, with the remainder sold into the National Grid. 

The 190kWe CHP system will be capable of generating 1,500 MWh of electricity per annum from the trade effluent. This dramatically reduces the dairy’s reliance on fossil fuels and drastically reducing BVD’s carbon footprint. 

Like at any sites operated by Ylem Energy we can assist in selling the electricity to the local grid and administer the process for the recovery of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), Feed In Tariffs (FITs) and Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) 


“BV Dairy is projected to reduce its CO2 emissions by approximately 1,200 tonnes per year, which would equate to the environmental benefit of planting 120,000 trees.”