Welsh farmer Alwyn Roberts says his wind turbine has been positive for him, local jobs, and the environment. Even the ramblers like it. Situated in the southern end of Snowdonia National Park near the village of Tywyn, Mr Roberts’ 130ha organic farm is benefiting from a new 5kW, 12m-high turbine. Erected in July this year using local contractors, the turbine has already produced more than 6,500 kWh, saved 10 tonnes of carbon, and generated £1,820 from Feed-in Tariffs. This extra income has allowed Mr Roberts to concentrate on his 600 sheep and 30 breeding cows. “I wouldn’t have much spare time for other diversifications, but the turbine doesn’t take up any time,” says Mr Roberts. “Plus it doesn’t affect the farm at all and the livestock are allowed in the field with the turbine.”
Barkip is the largest combined organic waste treatment and energy generating facility in Scotland. The plant can process up to 75,000 tonnes of organic waste annually and produce 2.2MW of renewable electricity from the biogas produced, enough to power approximately 5,500 homes. The fully operational facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the UK and has a major role to play in meeting Scotland’s renewable energy production and waste recycling targets.
Barkip takes in food waste and other organic matter from industries such as agriculture, food production, food retail and alcohol production. This waste is then broken down by bacteria to produce biogas. The methane rich biogas is combusted in gas engines to generate electricity. The residual material forms a nutrient rich digestate, a liquid suitable for use as a fertiliser in agriculture. Barkip is a truly sustainable zero-waste solution for organic wastes and can divert a staggering 37,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year.
The University Cumbria in Penrith decided to install a 300kW biomass boiler for its student accommodation at Newton Rigg. The project comprises of a series of detached residential blocks, which are connected by a district heating network of underground pipes from the energy centre. The scheme is expected to burn around 300 tons of wood a year. The capital cost of the scheme is expected to be £300,000, but fuel savings will be £40,000 per year.
Devon farmer Louise Down has strengthened her green credentials even further after South Molton-based Source Renewable installed solar panels to power her chicken barn. Forty solar PV panels on the barn’s roof now provide carbon-free electricity for her 4,000 chickens, powering everything from the belts carrying eggs to the ventilation system and lighting.
Using crops grown for the specific purpose of feeding a digester, the £4M Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at Dryholme Farm, near Silloth is producing around 1.2MW of electricity. This project is part-funded by Nuclear Management Partners, through Britain’s Energy Coast. Farmgen has received a £350,000 grant from Nuclear Management Partners to help connect the green energy plant to the national grid.