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Research project: BV Dairies KTP

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Funded by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme

BV 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. Its products include milk, cream, clotted cream, cultured milk products, mascarpone and soft cheeses. 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 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. The new facility is funded by the Environmental Technology Fund (ETF) as a demonstrator facility for the UK dairy industry.


BV Dairy

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Cornell, M., Banks, C.J., McInnes, A., Heaven, S. 2011. Digestion of Dairy Waste Streams at a Full-Scale Anaerobic Digester. 6th IWA International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Waste and Energy Crops. 28 August - 1 September 2011, Vienna.

Associated research themes

Theme Water and Environment

Related research groups

Water and Environmental Engineering Group
Bioenergy and Organic Resources
BV Dairy site
Anaerobic digester
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