Gallery: Quaker Oats Porridge Powered Factory


Here’s a breakfast that’s capable of not only fueling your body but also powering the entire factory that makes it. Scott’s Porage Oats, a Quaker Oats Factory at Uthrogle Mills in Scotland is installing a combined heat and power biomass boiler that will enable the factory to become carbon-neutral, running entirely on waste oat husks. The husks, removed from the oats during the milling process, will provide 9,709 MWhrs of electricity and 10,902 MWhrs of steam a year, reducing its emissions by 9,000 tonnes a year—equivalent to the annual emissions of 3,000 cars. Now none of the energy stored in the oats will go to waste.

The $12 million boiler (about five times more expensive than the fossil-fuel model) will make this factory one of Scottland’s greenest. During the first three years, more than 1,300 MWhrs of renewable energy will be exported to the National Grid. Quaker also estimates that they will cut over 172,000 miles in transportation every year since the factory will no longer have to remove 21,150 tonnes of husks—reducing their emissions by another 600 tonnes a year.

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Via The Scotsman
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  1. VikingScot November 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

    For one thing there is no more nutrition in the husk once it has gone through its process.

  2. Scott April 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Sorry if this makes me sound stupid, but why don’t they compost the husks back into the soil. It seems like they are removing a lot of biomass from the soil that they have to replace with fertilizers and i don’t know what else. It seems as if they aren’t saving any waste at all but just transfering it, which may have better short term or long term benefits, i dont know. I’m rather ignorant on the subject. If anyone could give me a quick lesson it would be greatly appreciated! :)

  3. anothersimpson April 4, 2008 at 6:45 am

    But great that it’s using a by product of food production (that would otherwise be wasted) rather than converting fields that could feed people into bio-diesel production to satiate wealthier nations lust for big cars.

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  5. BJClark April 3, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    This would be really really cool but Cuba has been doing this with sugar cane factories since, at least, the 1950’s. And the cuba versions not only make the plants carbon neutral, but actively help power the surrounding areas while the mill is up and running.

    Not that it makes this un-cool, just not as revolutionary as it might sound.

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