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ARLA: COW MANURE FROM FARM TO FUEL ‘STATION’

Arla, UK’s leading Dairy cooperative has unveiled the UK’s first dairy farm ‘fuel station’ as new trial transforms cow manure into power. Arla’s initiative will mean that for the first time, farmers will send their cows’ manure to a nearby anaerobic digestion plant where it will be broken down into different components, including clean bio-methane, and converted into usable fuel. The process will also create nutrient rich, natural fertilizer which Arla farmers can put back on to farms, making it an entirely closed loop, something that hasn’t been done before. Processing cow manure in this manner provides us with a limitless source of energy. “To mark the launch of the initiative, the farmer-owned cooperative has launched the UK’s first cow-powered fuel station on one of the farms taking part in Winslow, Bucks. If poo-powered transport opportunities proves a success, it will lay clear foundations for how the dairy industry can join forces with the Government and other partners to enable new fuel solutions that reduce environmental impact.