U.K. anaerobic digestion companies merge

By Ryan C. Christiansen
Web exclusive posted Nov. 10, 2008 at 3:51 p.m. CST

Two anaerobic digestion technology companies in the United Kingdom – Biogen Ltd. and Greenfinch Ltd. – will merge to form BiogenGreenfinch. The newly formed company will be supported by a $28 million investment from Bedfordia Group PLC, the parent company of Biogen, according to Dan Poulson, chief executive officer of BiogenGreenfinch.

Established in 2005, Biogen funds, builds, and operates anaerobic digestion plants that convert food waste and animal manure slurry into biogas and fertilizer. Greenfinch is a process engineering company with more than 30 years of experience providing anaerobic digestion technology for the processing of sewage, manure, and food waste. Together, the companies have developed 12 anaerobic digestion plants throughout the U.K. The new company BiogenGreenfinch will employ 43 people.

"Interest in anaerobic digestion has increased enormously over the past two years," said Michael Chesshire, founder of Greenfinch and technology director of the new company. "BiogenGreenfinch brings together the expertise and resources of two pioneering companies which have invested heavily in the development of the technology."