Viridor secure grant to extract water from Devon landfill leachate

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The Broadpath landfill site in Devon

Viridor has secured a £548,000 government grant for a pilot project to extract water from landfill leachate in Devon.

The 21-month pilot project at Viridor’s Broadpath landfill site in Tiverton will use low grade heat from landfill gas engines to concentrate the leachate and extract the water.

It will be run in partnership with Newbury-based LAT Water and managed by the Carbon Trust.

Viridor predicts by treating leachate onsite, CO2 emissions could be reduced by an estimated 80% due to less road miles taken up transporting material away from landfill sites.

Terry Murphy, Viridor technology and innovation forum chairman and landfill director, said: “Viridor is proud of the fact that our modern, engineered landfill sites are designed to extract landfill gas which can be transformed to create electricity.

“To have the potential to take this process even further and harness heat from the landfill gas process and use it to take pure water from leachate is an innovative solution and Viridor is enthusiastic to pursue through this pilot project."

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