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Energy plant gets the green light

A green technology company is teaming up with one of the largest dairy farms in Northern Ireland to build a new energy plant.

Greenville Dairies in Ardstraw, Co Tyrone will host an ‘anerobic digestion’ facility known as Greenville Energy Ltd, to be built by Glantek.

The dairy farm belonging to the Mitchell family currently milks in excess of 600 cows three times daily — providing plenty of waste material to be used to produce bedding for animals.

The plant will be the first to be built and solely produced and designed by engineers in Northern Ireland.

Traditionally the main suppliers of anerobic technologies have been Germany and Scandanavia, and this order for Glantek is seen as a major breakthrough in developing the technology locally.

The plant is expected to be built in just four months and the heat from the system will be used to dry materials for use as animal bedding — which has become an expensive commodity in recent years.

Jason Mitchell and his business partner Dr William Moore have been researching renewable energy generation for more than five years and say that the development could unlock huge potential for farming communities across Northern Ireland.

All equipment provided will be supplied by companies based in Northern Ireland with established parts and service networks.

Mr Mitchell said that the ability to work with a company located in Northern Ireland has many benefits.

“There are no issues with language, cultural or legal barriers,” he said.

“We are working closely with Glantek to identify the best methods to adapt out farming practices to make the most efficient use of our cattle, land, silage, slurry and anerobic digestion system.”