Whale Tankers shas developed the Biowhale to help food waste management in the UK.
The Biowhale is a vacuum system that collects, processes and stores food waste at customers' locations. The food waste is deposited into the system via a hopper, where it is shredded, ground and mixed into a soup that is stored under vacuum for up to three weeks.
The soup is then removed by a vacuum tanker and delivered to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into renewable energy in the form of biogas and organic fertiliser.
Available in three sizes ' compact (4,000 litres), standard (12,000 litres) and large (24,000 litres) ' Biowhale offers odour and maintenance free operation. When used with an Owl logistics and management system, it provides an easy option for catering managers seeking a full food waste service.
Mark Warmington, managing director for Whale Tankers, said: 'This is a particularly exciting project for us and we're looking forward to working with Owl on developing this opportunity for the UK food service market.
'Food waste disposal is vital to all types of food and catering establishments. By enabling fewer waste collections, it is possible to reduce the number of journeys and the carbon footprint. In addition, by making it simpler to recycle food waste, we are playing an important role in increasing the supply of renewable energy in the UK.'
The Biowhale will be manufactured at Whale's Ravenshaw, Solihull facility. In addition to manufacturing and supplying the BioWhale system, Whale is providing aftermarket support including two services per unit per year.