Know How / Farm energy

Get advice on diversifying into the farm energy sector or using farm-generated renewable energy to cut energy costs. Find out how to maximise anaerobic digestion (AD) plant performance, lease land for battery and generator sites, and grow crops for the biofuels market.

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FARM ENERGY

How the new renewable electricity export scheme works

A new scheme has been launched promising a guaranteed market for surplus electricity generated by renewable energy installations. We asked Roadnight Taylor senior consultant Richard Palmer to explain what the…

FARM ENERGY

Where now for renewable energy on farms?

As financial support for renewable energy disappears, are lower technology costs and increasing climate change publicity creating new opportunities for farmers? Solar The ending of support schemes such as the…

DAIRY

Guide to water heating options for your dairy parlour

Heating water accounts for 23% of the energy costs on a typical dairy farm, meaning savings can quickly be made by operating the most efficient system.  Despite electricity being the…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Tips to help keep biomass boilers running trouble-free

Burning timber from your own woodland in boilers to provide heat for houses and offices seems like a bit of a no-brainer, especially when Theresa May will pay you for…

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Case studies

MACHINERY

Moscha swivel spreader - a cheaper option to dribble bars

Setting up an energy plant along with all the kit to go with it takes some Brexit-style negotiating with the bank, but Edd Mowbray found a Leicestershire farmer who does…

FARM ENERGY

Shropshire farm sees solar heating payback

It is four years since one of the UK’s largest commercial solar thermal hot water systems, a 192kWth array to supply heat for rearing game birds, was installed for JE…

LIVESTOCK

How one finisher uses waste food for a sustainable system

More than 30,000t of food waste, supplied by local vegetable growers, passes through the gate of beef finisher John Dale’s farm, near Wisbech each year. The waste food is used…

How a dairy farm AD plant saves £20,000 a year

Having dealt with unpredictable milk price and TB for years, it was the promise of a stable income that first attracted the Hunt family to anaerobic digestion (AD). Fed up…

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Insights

FARM ENERGY

Opportunities remain in a subdued renewables sector

The number of new renewable energy projects getting under way has nosedived over recent months as financial returns and investor confidence have been hit by policy reforms and support cuts.…

FARM ENERGY

Green energy sees move to alternative finance models

A dramatic increase in renewable energy projects being refinanced over recent months is creating opportunities for landowners but notes of caution too. Refinancing covers a number of areas, from those…

FARM ENERGY

Support plans cast shadow over future for crop-based AD

Plans to limit Feed-in Tariffs (Fits) support for new biogas plants generating electricity from crop-based feedstocks threaten to restrict future energy crop opportunities for growers. The proposals are set out…

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News

FARM ENERGY

Call to double 'green' content in fuel for net zero target

A type of petrol which contains 10% renewable bioethanol must be introduced by 2020 to help the UK reach its net zero targets, says the NFU. The union has written…

BUSINESS

Government delays deadline for renewable energy projects

The government has set out plans to delay the deadline for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) projects to complete construction and retain tariff guarantees. Tariff guarantees allow commercial applicants to secure…

FARM ENERGY

Tariff rate changeover hits AD sector growth

The number of new AD plants slowed significantly in 2018, as projects stalled ahead of revised renewable energy tariffs. According to the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), just 13 AD…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Planning permission warning over biomass boilers

Farmers who cannot provide evidence of planning permission for a biomass boiler may see their Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments suspended if they are subject to an audit. Rural surveyor…

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Video

MACHINERY

Moscha swivel spreader - a cheaper option to dribble bars

Setting up an energy plant along with all the kit to go with it takes some Brexit-style negotiating with the bank, but Edd Mowbray found a Leicestershire farmer who does…

BUSINESS

VIDEO: Straw war over £100m biomass power station

The company behind a controversial straw-burning power station is considering an appeal after planning permission was refused for the venture. Mid-Suffolk District Council rejected the Eco2 application for a £100m…

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