Mar 31 2010 It's Our World
Envirolink Northwest, is delighted that two initiatives that will allow Cumbrian farmers to produce renewable energy from agricultural materials have been granted planning permission.
The schemes are the first to gain planning permission in Cumbria and will use large Anaerobic Digester (AD) units to generate energy from manure and energy crops.
Community Renewable Energy North West (CoRE NW) aims to develop a cluster of Energy Farms working with groups of farmers, the first of which is the Blackdyke Energy Farm in Silloth which is the first UK plant to be owned in part by a farmers’ cooperative. Farmgen, a Lancashire based company, is working on a project also at Silloth to produce energy from maize and silage.
Both projects will utilise AD units which work in the same way as a cow’s stomach. Using bacteria from animal waste and other organic materials the oxygen free environment converts the contents into biogas which is then used to produce renewable heat and electricity for animal housing and other buildings near the farm. A valuable liquid fertiliser is also produced as part of the process.
Providing farmers with controlled, sustainable solutions, the development of the farms will not only create and safeguard jobs but will also have huge beneficial effects on the local environment and will enable farmers to increase their income from the sale of energy crops, the production of the fertiliser or generation of electricity.
Joe Martin, Manager, Market Development - Low Carbon at Envirolink Northwest commented: “This is excellent news for the North West. Both projects represent a major step forward for renewable energy and the rural economy in our region and we are extremely pleased that our part funding and support has helped with the planning application process for both. Our continued support will be offered and we hope that these developments will lead the way for the rest of the UK.”
* For further information on these schemes and the unrivalled support offered by Envirolink Northwest visit www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk