Can potatoes be used to generate electricity?

2 Sisters Food Group, one of the UK’s largest food manufacturing companies, have launched the world’s first a plant that allows surplus mashed potato from its production line to be converted into electricity; the move is set to cut their carbon emissions by 1/5.

Out with the old

Statistics show that the energy sector is the second largest contributor of UK greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions, and whilst the energy industry is making progress, there is still improvements to be made. It is therefore time for innovators to look towards renewable energy – a solution that will allow us to continue our consumption without compromising the environment.

Using waste

One of the best ways to create clean and affordable energy is to do it in a way that also allows us to make use of our waste. 2 Sisters have managed to do just that, with arguably, one of the most unlikely products – potatoes! They have opened a plant that allows them to use their potato peelings, unused potatoes and even whole cottage pies if they would otherwise go to waste to generate electricity and heat.

Going global?

The company claims it should produce 3,500 megawatt hours per year of electricity, enough to power around 850 homes. Having developed the technology alongside H2, a British engineering company, the development aims to inspire other British companies to partner up, follow suit and join the journey to powering the world in a clean and sustainable manner.

This story shows how 2 Sisters supports Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, specifically Target 7.4: “By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology.”

About 2 Sisters Food Group

Founded in 1993, 2 Sisters is a food manufacturing company based in Birmingham, England. They have grown from a small company that started as a frozen retail poultry cutting operation to the largest food company in the UK by turnover, operating 36 manufacturing sites with 23,000 employees.

Learn more about 2 Sisters Food Group