Case Study

See How We
Helped Mrs
Temple’s Cheeses

As part of a diversification venture for their 230 ha dairy farm, Dr Stephen Temple and his wife Catherine made the decision to launch a luxury cheese brand. From Bingham Blue and Walshingham, to Mozzarella and Wighton, Mrs Temple’s Cheeses is now renowned nationwide as one of the UK’s finest artisan producers.

With sales increasing every year, cheese production has quickly become a key source of revenue. However, with a large volume of whey generated, combined with cow slurry, fodder beet and maize silage from the farm’s wider operations, waste volumes and disposal costs have also continued to escalate.

Dr Temple therefore decided to invest in an on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, which would turn this waste into methane gas via the natural degradation of organic waste. Using a CHP engine, this gas could be turned into renewable energy and used to power the farm – driving down both energy and waste management costs.

Getting it right from the outset was important, but the project didn’t run as smoothly as expected. The AD plant wasn’t operating effectively, which saw energy production and return on investment figures drop.

After researching specialist CHP advisors, Dr Temple came across CooperÖstlund – the UK’s leading gas engine specification and maintenance expert – who reviewed the site and advised a more effective solution.

By taking waste volumes, feedstock type and energy requirements into consideration, CooperÖstlund recommended removing the existing biogas engine and replacing it with a more efficient alternative.

Case Study

See How We
Helped Mrs
Temple’s Cheeses

As part of a diversification venture for their 230 ha dairy farm, Dr Stephen Temple and his wife Catherine made the decision to launch a luxury cheese brand. From Bingham Blue and Walshingham, to Mozzarella and Wighton, Mrs Temple’s Cheeses is now renowned nationwide as one of the UK’s finest artisan producers.

With sales increasing every year, cheese production has quickly become a key source of revenue. However, with a large volume of whey generated, combined with cow slurry, fodder beet and maize silage from the farm’s wider operations, waste volumes and disposal costs have also continued to escalate.

Dr Temple therefore decided to invest in an on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, which would turn this waste into methane gas via the natural degradation of organic waste. Using a CHP engine, this gas could be turned into renewable energy and used to power the farm – driving down both energy and waste management costs.

Getting it right from the outset was important, but the project didn’t run as smoothly as expected. The AD plant wasn’t operating effectively, which saw energy production and return on investment figures drop.

After researching specialist CHP advisors, Dr Temple came across CooperÖstlund – the UK’s leading gas engine specification and maintenance expert – who reviewed the site and advised a more effective solution.

By taking waste volumes, feedstock type and energy requirements into consideration, CooperÖstlund recommended removing the existing biogas engine and replacing it with a more efficient alternative.

80%
Of electric goes back to national grid

£220K
System generates £220,000 revenue

per year

40%
Savings year on year using
our system

Getting it right from the outset was important, but the project didn’t run as smoothly as expected. The AD plant wasn’t operating effectively, which saw energy production and return on investment figures drop. After researching specialist CHP advisors, Dr Temple came across CooperÖstlund – the UK’s leading gas engine specification and maintenance expert – who reviewed the site and advised a more effective solution. By taking waste volumes, feedstock type and energy requirements into consideration, CooperÖstlund recommended removing the existing biogas engine and replacing it with a more efficient alternative.

The results speak for themselves

  • The replacement engine is capable of generating nearly 1,000 MWh energy every year, compared to the 110 MW produced by the old system
  • Renewable power is now used to heat the dairy, farmhouse and other buildings, as well as warm the cows’ water and pasteurise the AD digestate
  • Additional energy is exported to the grid, generating a return of £220,000 every year (£600 every day)
  • Predicted ROI for the system is less than ten years, making the project hugely beneficial from both a financial and sustainable perspective
  • In a short space of time, the AD operation has transformed.

Dr Temple has completely eliminated organic waste, while becoming self-sufficient in terms of energy overheads.

“Thanks to CooperÖstlund, our AD site is now generating more than £600 every day – a complete transformation. Their knowledge, expertise and creative thinking were a critical part of site development, helping to deliver the perfect solution for our requirements – we can’t thank them enough!”

For more information please contact CooperOstlund