French Fromage Is Powering the Whey Ahead
Being environmental is cheesy. After all, fermented fromage is fueling the southeastern town of Albertville, offering hope to a country that plans to halve its nuclear energy output by 2025. The town’s innovative new Savoie Lactée plant turns whey, a byproduct of cheese manufacturing, into methane to make energy that’s then sold to France’s national power firm. The region’s Beaufort cheese farmers, together with engineers from Valbio, launched the 13-million-euro factory last summer, and it’s already on track to provide enough electricity to power 1,500 homes.