Waste being fed to the Landia pasteuriser Photo: SSCWaste being fed to the Landia pasteuriser Photo: SSC

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has won the Community Initiative Award at the 2020 Aquaculture Awards for its work with the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) project on the Isle of Lewis – the first local circular economy of its kind in Scotland.

The success of the project, which sees fish waste from SSC’s processing plant co-digested with household food and garden waste in an anaerobic digester (AD), is in part the result of an installation of a Landia pasteuriser.

Donnie Macmillan, Plant Manager at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility, explained more. “Behind the scenes with our very conscientious team here at Creed, we also invested in top quality, long-lasting equipment, including the Landia Pasteuriser, which allows us to process a seven-cubic tonne batch per shift of waste salmon for our AD/biogas process.

“This is waste that would otherwise have been landfilled, so the creation instead of clean, renewable energy is a clear win-win for everybody on the Isle of Lewis and an example to the whole of Scotland and beyond as to what can be achieved with common goals,” he said.

Landia has also been chosen to supply two of its pasteurisers for a new waste-to-energy biogas plant in Romania. As well as eliminating biohazards by heating biomass to a minimum of 72°C for one hour, the Landia BioChop units will also enable the final digestate to be safely used as a fertiliser.

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