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How the East is leading the way as green energy revolution reaches a new landmark

The latest multi-million pound eco-friendly energy scheme was switched on today.

Figures released by the government show that renewables met a quarter of the country's need for energy in the three months to June - outstripping the supply from nuclear and coal for the first time.

But what does that mean for the East?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

How does an anaerobic digester work?

Anaerobic digestion is the process of taking organic waste and turning it into biogas and digestate.

An anaerobic digester can take any house hold organic waste (like your leftover dinner for example).

The organic material is put into the digestion chamber and blended with a liquid which is then transferred into large storage tanks.

Click below to watch a demonstration

The liquid is then sent to the digester - which is a oxygen free environment where the liquid is then turned into biogas, by optimising the levels of organic and other materials in the liquid.

The mixture is heated and mixed with paddles.

The liquid spends around 30 days in the digester, releasing methane in the form of biogas and digestate into another chamber attached.

The biogas is then analysed before use in fuels, power generation, and the digestate is cleaned and sold as fertiliser.