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Using Muckbuster™ in a Commercial Bakery – What is the payback time?

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A commercial bakery in the UK using the Muckbuster unit to create energy from its waste bakery products can pay for the unit in under 5 years.  This is based certain assumptions:

The most important factor is the type of waste and quantity that will be put into the Muckbuster unit.  In our case, a half a metric tonne of food waste consisting of sandwiches and breads is ‘fed’ to the Muckbuster five days a week.  This waste consists of old bread and old sandwiches with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard as additional items, some cakes and sweet bakery items.

The bakery currently has a need for all of the electricity and heat that the Muckbuster can produce, and is currently buying this electricity at 0.14p/kWh, and 0.065p/kWh gas.  With the unit producing more than 40,000 kWh of electricity and more than 70,000 kWh of heat, the bakery can save over £10K in current expenditures on energy.

The same commercial bakery has a waste disposal cost of £300/metric tonne.  The waste being processed by the Muckbuster is reduced down to about 1/3 of its initial tonnage, creating a cost savings of just under £14K per year in disposal charges.

With local renewable energy support incentives available to the bakery totalling over £7K, the Muckbuster unit capital cost, installation and maintenance costs can be paid off in under 5 years.

In countries where the capital costs or even total project costs receive tax credits, the payback can be even shorter.

By | 2011-01-20T15:00:13+00:00 January 20th, 2011|News|

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