Introducing Positive Energy Sussex
Households in East Sussex produce around 400,000 tonnes of waste a year of which roughly half is food and paper or cardboard. We also produce around a million tonnes a year of commercial and Industrial waste, including food waste.
Positive Energy Sussex uses anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas combined heat and power (CHP) to turn food waste into energy we can use.
Whilst reducing the amount of food that is wasted should be a priority for everyone, there will always be some waste that is unavoidable, and which currently ends up in landfill. This wasted food should be seen as an untapped resource which can be harnessed and used to produce power, heat, and fertiliser; thereby reducing our need to derive all of these from imported fossil fuel supplies.
At the scale at which we are proposing anaerobic digestion plants every town could have one. In our model each plant could be part owned or fully owned by the community.