01 March, 2012
South West farmers can get free advice on whether
to invest in anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities following the
launch of a new initiative.
According to The Poultry Site, the initiative has been put
together by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA),
giving landowners the chance to look into how their operations
could be altered by signing up for renewable power production.
Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the organisation, said:
"Today's farmers are facing a tough economic climate made even more
challenging by soaring energy, fertiliser and transport costs.
"AD not only helps farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
reducing dependence on commercial fertilisers and traditional
transport fuels and energy consumption, but also keeps farmers
The free ADBA service aims to help farmers decide if AD is a
viable option for them by considering issues such as whether levels
of waste are high enough, whether the location is appropriate and
if a grid connection is available.
Farmers Guardian reported that the service received an official
launch at the Energy Now Expo in Malvern, where a number of members
of the ADBA were available to chat to interested farmers about the
As well as producing renewable energy, the AD process can create
a sustainable source of fertiliser.
Source: Vertical Leap