26 Feb '16, 6pm

Enfin une énergie plus française que la tome ?

Enfin une énergie plus française que la tome ?

The French are known for their cheese, and now they’re putting it to work. In Albertville, a small city on the border of France and Italy, their electricity is, in part, supplied by cheese. The power is electric, but a new biogas production facility uses byproduct of Beaufort cheese, a regional product, to generate the electricity. Beaufort cheese is produced from the milk of cows that graze in pastures in the Alps of the Haute-Savoie. When the cheese is made, salts, minerals, proteins and whey are the primary byproducts. Whey can be used in other food products, but in an area like Albertville, there’s a lot of extra whey. It can be difficult to get rid of all unneeded whey, but EDF, Albertville’s energy firm, found the solution. The new facility, now just over two months old, takes the leftover whey and ferments it to produce methane. That gas powers an engine to heat wat...

Full article: http://www.greenoptimistic.com/france-cheese-biogas/#.VtC...

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