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RAF Marham goes green

6th February 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially opened a new biogas processing site in Swaffham, Norfolk, which will provide green energy to the Royal Air Force's Marham airbase, the MoD announced on 31 January

Electricity will be generated by fermented locally grown crops, fulfilling 95% of RAF Marham’s energy needs. The facility, built by Future Biogas, will generate 4.5MVA of electricity every day.

The process, known as anaerobic digestion, produces gas which is collected and used to power multiple generators that produce electricity and will reduce the MoD’s CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes annually. The waste residue from this process can then be dried and used as fertiliser to help grow local crops.

The development means that RAF Marham, the home of the UK’s F-35 multi role combat jets, will become the first military airbase to be powered by green electricity.

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