Stainless Steel - 100 Not Out!100 years of Stainless Steel
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2013 marks 100 years since stainless steel was discovered in Sheffield. The BSSA have selected 50 applications and features that demonstrate how stainless steel has influenced our lives so far.

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Waste Not Want Not

Aerobic Digestion Plant

Anaerobic Digestion Plant

(Courtesy of IEA Bioenergy)

 

Fruit and Vegetables

Food Waste

(Courtesy of IEA Bioenergy)

The Anaerobic Digestion (AD) process takes animal manure, food waste and silage and produces biogas (a methane rich fuel). The biogas is fed to a combined heat and power plant, the outputs from which are electricity for the National Grid, heating and bio-fertilizer which is returned to the land. The process helps to reduce greenhouse gases, contributing towards renewable energy targets and reducing landfill.

The total number of anaerobic digesters in the UK is growing rapidly and the National Farmers Union themselves have a target of 1000 farm based plants. A single AD plant is capable of supplying sufficient power for a small town and our Government sees the UK becoming a world leader in food waste digestion technology. 

Corrosion resistant stainless steels are used in many forms in a typical AD plant, such as in tank linings, pipework, access systems, valves, pumps and propellers. Ease of installation and low maintenance costs are also decisive advantages in helping to minimise the plant's lifetime operating costs.

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