Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wine that's electric

In an effort to remain green, even with red grapes, StormFisher Biogas and Inniskillin Wines hope to convert up to 2,000 tonnes of byproducts like grape skins and seeds that would otherwise end up in a landfill leaking methane gas into the atmosphere.

"This partnership is a win for residential power consumers, a win for Inniskillin, a win for StormFisher and a win for the environment," said Bruce Nicholson, senior winemaker at Inniskillin.

When StormFisher's opens their Port Colborne in 2009, the plant will produce about 2.5 megawatts of power which is enough to power about 2,500 homes for a year. StormFisher plans to open up two other facilities in Ontario that year, one in London and the other about a 20-minute drive northwest of Guelph. All will operate off byproducts from the wine and food industries.

Now there's something to drink to!

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