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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: UK’s biggest ever red nose for Comic Relief 2019

On Red Nose Day 2019, Friday 15th March, the UK’s biggest ever red nose will be created when the domed digester tank of a biogas plant is lit up red, at Grange Farm Energy in Spridlington, Lincolnshire.

Run by the green gas pioneers at Future Biogas, the plant has a circular main tank that is 38m in diameter and 17m at its highest point. When lit up red, it will become the biggest red nose since Red Nose Day began in 1988.

The illumination of the plant as a red nose, at 7pm, will be the climax of a ‘family fun afternoon’ fundraising event that Future Biogas is running for the local community in support of the anti-poverty charity. Starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 7.30pm, there will be a whole host of activities for local people and their families to enjoy. These include:

  • ‘Splat the management’ – in which the senior team from Future Biogas will dress up in red swimsuits and allow people to pelt them with digestate, the harmless goo leftover in an anaerobic digestion tank after crops and waste have been fermented to create green energy, in return for a donation to Comic Relief. 
  • Plant tours – Those arriving in good time will be able to enjoy a personalised tour of the biogas plant, with expert operatives explaining the biogas process from start to finish.
  • Children’s entertainer – There will be an entertainer for the younger guests to the site.
  • Refreshments – drinks and a buffet will be provided in an on-site marquee, including a glass of fizz for all adults. 

Philipp Lukas, founder and managing director of Future Biogas says:

We pride ourselves on being an ethical company. Not only do we operate at the very forefront of the green energy revolution, we also work in close partnership with the communities in which our plants are located. Their goodwill is of the upmost importance to us.


This fun, family event will allow us to welcome our neighbours in Spridlington onto our site – so they can join us in making a difference to people’s lives, both here in the UK and internationally, by raising vital funds for Comic Relief.


As well as learning how we make green gas from local crops, I trust they will enjoy pelting myself and my managerial colleagues with digestate – which might look noxious but is entirely harmless!


The culmination of the event is going to be a grand switch-on of the UK’s biggest ever Red Nose. We can’t wait to light up the Lincolnshire sky for such a fantastic cause.

Chris Holmes, co-lead investment adviser at John Laing Environmental Assets Group, which owns the plant, says:

We are delighted that Future Biogas is pulling out all the stops for Red Nose Day 2019. This initiative, while hopefully raising a significant amount of money for Comic Relief, also demonstrates the close links between the company and the local community and I look forward to meeting many of the visitors to the site on the day.

Grange Farm Energy is a biogas plant with a thermal capacity of 5MW. It produces biomethane to be injected to the national gas grid, through the anaerobic digestion (AD) of plants. In the AD process specially-cultivated bacteria are added to tanks full of harvested crops, like maize, sugar beet and whole crop rye. As the bacteria breaks these feedstocks down, they release gas, which is siphoned off. It can then be supplied directly to the national grid as green gas or burnt to produce electricity. The leftover organic waste from this process is called digestate. It is dried, separated and used as natural fertiliser to help grow more crops.




For further press information, please contact Melissa McClements: 07899 037 838


Notes to Editors

Background on Future Biogas

Future Biogas is one of the largest producers of biogas in the UK. Established in 2008, the company operates at the forefront of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, which is about the creation of clean green energy from organic waste, such as crop feedstocks and farm slurries.

In 2013, it was the first biogas company to supply the national grid, when its state-of-the-art facility in Doncaster started injecting biomethane into the South Yorkshire gas network.

Well-known for running high performing plants and stringent sustainable practice, Future Biogas now operates thirteen plants in the UK – offering unparalleled expertise in terms of development, construction, operations, turnaround, ongoing compliance and asset management.


Background on Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK charity – registered charity 326568 (England/Wales; SC039730 (Scotland) – with a simple purpose: to create a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief does this by funding and investing in amazing organisations across the UK and around the world to tackle some of the key issues of our time. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1.25 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, to improve countless lives.

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