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Fenland maize set to fuel biogas operation (UK)


One of the UK's largest salad and vegetable producers is set to grow 800ha of maize on the Fens this year to generate 2.4MW of electricity to serve 4,500 houses and fuel a major new mushroom operation. Based on two years’ experience - including a 320ha crop in 2012 - the company is backing specialist, high yielding energy maize types and will be looking for the spring sown crop to help ease soil management issues. The key driver behind their decision to build the plant is to supply power and heat to their mushroom operation which now delivers 100-130t a week for Tesco as part of the supermarket's drive to stock fresh, UK produced mushrooms in its stores on a daily basis. However, the plant will also supply electricity to local homes.

Source: Farmers Weekly

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