£2.5m for Scottish farm biogas

The Scottish Executive is funding a £2.5 million pilot project to introduce biogas and composting technology to up to ten Scottish farms near bathing waters. The main contract has gone to a consortium of Enviros and Greenfinch - which heats greenhouses in Ludlow with biogas from the anaerobic digestion of kitchen waste.

The Executive hopes that farmers will be able to benefit from renewable energy production as well as being able to use treated slurry on fields. Farm scale biogas production has failed to take off in the UK, but some companies are exporting digestors to as far away as Japan (ENDS Report 329, pp 7-8 ).

The project is part of a wider initiative, announced by the Executive in June, to tackle diffuse pollution on Scottish farms.

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