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Grand opening of £34m 'poo-powered' site

The conclusion of a two-year, £34 million project to create a self-powered sewage works in Bradford was marked with a grand opening today.

The new BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plant Credit: Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water’s Esholt site will become the company’s first entirely ‘poo-powered’ site thanks to one of the UK’s only operational BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plants.

The technology creates enough renewable energy to power the 750-acre site by generating biogas from the 30,000 tonnes of sludge that comes through the site each year.

Yorkshire Water Chief Executive Richard Flint and Community Engagement Manager John Bond formally open the new technology with Bradford Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Gibbons. Credit: Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water says it will reduce their carbon footprint by 9,000 tonnes a year.

The process also creates a product which can be used as a fertiliser by local farmers.

Big businesses unite to inspire young scientists

Hi-tech companies including Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Mercedes are joining forces with the Red Arrows and The Education Business Partnership (EBP) to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Red Arrows hope to inspire youngsters Credit: Press Association

The firms will showcase their work to more than 300 children at RAF Scampton, which is the Lincolnshire home of the world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

The special day is part of celebrations marking the Red Arrows’ 50th display season in 2014 and will focus on the importance of studying science, technology, engineering and maths – the so-called STEM subjects.

Brian Cox among celebrities attending the event at RAF Scampton Credit: Press Association

Also in attendance tomorrow will be physicist Professor Brian Cox, maths expert Carol Vorderman, The Gadget Show host Jason Bradbury and Wing Commander Andy Green, who is the holder of the world land speed record.

The pupils will also get to watch a practice display by the Red Arrows.

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