Biogen riding high after Snowdon challenge
Renewable energy experts behind a new food waste recycling plant are riding high after successfully completing a combined charity cycle ride and eight mile mountain trek up Snowdon.
A group from Biogen undertook the ride and mountain climb to raise funds for Clynnog Fawr Nursery and Playing Fields Association and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Taking part in the challenge alongside Biogen were teams involved in the construction of the new plant, Gwynedd Council, investors Iona Capital and other advisors involved in the project and their families.
Biogen is the operator of the new £5m GwyriAD anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Llwyn Isaf near Caernarfon, which will convert household food waste from across Gwynedd into renewable energy.
Richard Barker, CEO, BIOGEN said: “I’m incredibly proud of everyone who took part. It was a tough challenge but we all pulled together to help one another complete it. Our aim is to raise over £5,000 for charity and I’m confident we’ll do this.”
We are extremely grateful to those who gave their services or donated supplies to help us achieve this. We’d particularly like to thank our mountain guides at Seren Ventures, Bangor Management Centre, Clynnog and Trefor Motor Company Ltd, Bodnant Welsh Foods, Jordans Cereals, Midlands Co-op and the Bwyty Lleu café at Dinas Dinlle who kindly provided packed lunches for the group.
Biogen plant manager Mark Allt said: “Throughout the day there was a real team spirit and each person played their part in making the fundraiser a success.
“It was great to see a real sense of personal achievement and pride on everyone’s face because although it was a challenging day, we’d raised much needed funds for some worthy causes.”
The GwyriAD plant is one of three anaerobic digestion plants Biogen is developing in Wales. As well as helping significantly reduce the amount of household waste sent to landfill, the plant will also produce a nutrient-rich biofertiliser, which will be used to help grow crops on Gwynedd farmland.
The plant is the first food waste AD plant built for a local authority in Wales and will generate enough electricity for 700 homes a year.