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The University of Southampton
Engineering

KTP Case Study: Blackmore Vale Farm Cream Limited

Blackmore Vale Farm Dairy is a specialist dairy producer to major food manufacturers and food services which processes 35 million litres of milk a year, sourced from 35 local farms.

A world-class facility for manufacturing soft cheese was commissioned in 2004: the process uses Ultrafiltration (UF) technology which, although widely used in Europe, is uncommon in the UK dairy industry.

BV Dairy's business and environmental strategy for sustainable growth is underpinned by the installation of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant supplying biogas to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to provide renewable energy and reduce the costs of effluent and waste treatment.

About the project

BV Dairy wanted to optimise the anaerobic digestion of a new major by-product waste stream, leading to both lower production (energy consumption) costs and effluent disposal cost savings.

In this KTP, BV Dairy worked with the University of Southampton's Engineering and the Environment unit to apply its extensive research-based knowledge of process optimisation and integration techniques to the introduction of AD as a treatment process for high-volume, low-strength dairy wastes.

Benefits

A specialist dairy producer to major food manufacturers and food services
Blackmore Vale Farm Cream Limited
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