Renewable energy site at Queen Charlton Quarry

About REAL

Resourceful Energy Anaerobic Limited (REAL) has a wealth of experience of regenerating renewable energy technologies, such as anaerobic digestors (AD).

We inject time, money, and the right people, to re-engineer AD plants so they function more efficiently, and can effectively transform waste into green energy - creating new jobs, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and helping to decarbonise the UK’s energy network in the process.


About anaerobic digestion

What is anaerobic digestion (AD)?

Anaerobic digestion (AD) produces renewable energy by breaking down organic materials in sealed tanks, to release biogas which can then be used to heat and power homes and businesses. An anaerobic digestor is essentially a large mechanical digestive system. It requires regular feeding, and the feedstock materials are digested using a variety of natural, biological and chemical processes.

Anaerobic Digestion is a proven technology and records show that communities have been using the process for thousands of years.

What do you mean by feedstock?

This is what an AD plant is fed to allow it to produce renewable energy. A wide variety of organic materials can be fed into a digestor. Many of the materials used are waste products, including agricultural wastes such as manure or surplus straw, domestic food waste collected from households and waste from the food processing sector.

How many AD plants are there in the UK?

There are over 600 AD plants in the UK, producing green energy for millions of UK households and businesses.

Is AD good for the environment?

Yes. It helps divert waste from being sent to landfill, and the process produces renewable energy as well as a nutrient rich biproduct called digestate which can be used by farmers as an alternative to energy intensive fertilisers.


What is happening at Queen Charlton Quarry?

REAL is looking to improve and develop the renewable energy site at Queen Charlton Quarry, and is seeking planning permission to allow completion of construction by the summer of 2022.

If planning permission is granted and the site is fully operational, the Queen Charlton Quarry AD plant could produce green gas and electricity for the local energy network from food waste and renewable energy crops, collected and grown, respectively, from the region.

Please check back here in the new year to find out the latest news and developments.

Timeline & milestones

Finalising new planning application

November 2020
January 2021

Planning application submitted

Considering your comments

REAL appreciates that there have been some concerns surrounding the possible construction and operations of the plant from the local community. However, we want to reassure you that this is a new planning application which also incorporates the quarry, and previous comments and concerns have been considered within the submission.

To make sure the transportation of the waste will have minimal impact on the community, we are undertaking a highly detailed environmental impact assessment to manage a number of elements including road traffic, noise and air quality. The results of which will be shared with the Planning Authority as part of the rigorous planning and development process.

We are also having ongoing discussions with the Highway Authority and Environment Agency regarding the proposed plans. In addition, we have engaged with ecologists and landscape architects with an aim of reinstating some of the natural habitat that has been lost at the site over the years.

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