Generating Electricity from Waste
Our processing plant turns waste vegetable oils, including UCO, into biodiesel and glycerol. Both of these products can be used to generate energy. Our biodiesel is used to power our eight on-site generators which export a combined 2.5MW of renewable electricity to the National Grid 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Why is renewable energy so important?
Renewable energy is energy that comes from renewable sources. This is in contrast to energy from, for example, fossil fuels, the supply of which is finite and which will eventually run out.
The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive establishes an overall policy for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources and requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs from renewables by 2020.
But beyond the legal requirement to look to renewables, there are many other benefits. Renewable energy sources are cleaner sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy generation. Renewable energy will not run out, ever, whereas other finite sources of energy such as fossil fuels, will one day be exhausted. By investing in renewable energy technologies rather than on expensive energy imports, nations can both benefit from increased domestic employment as well as better energy security.
The generation of electricity usually involves a large-scale intrusion on the landscape that is neither sustainable nor environmentally friendly. Our ethos at FutureFuel is for the promotion of small-scale, unobtrusive generating facilities that have a minimal environmental impact.