Learn how farms can make power from manure – free guided visit to anaerobic digester

Learn how farms can make power from manure – free guided visit to anaerobic digester
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), the organisers of the 11th Cumbria Green Build Festival

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), the organisers of the 11th Cumbria Green Build Festival

23 September 3pm Nr Sedbergh

For anyone involved in farming, it’s well worth looking into having an anaerobic digester on the farm, to generate power and save money.

There’s a chance to find out how it works with a free guided visit to Birks Farm near Sedbergh, as part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival 2016.

The anaerobic digester system on the farm was brand new when it opened during last year’s Green Build Festival and had not yet been commissioned. This year’s event offers an opportunity to find out about its performance over the first year, as well as to hear about a related project, a wood gasifier to be deployed in Sedbergh.

The anaerobic digester system was built with less than £200,000 capital by a local building contractor (G J Baines & Son). Four bays operate on 60-day shifts and the biogas captured during the process feeds the combined heat & power unit, with an output of around 40kW.

By using the heat within the Birks Farm agro-forestry enterprise and exporting the electricity to their neighbour, JMP Foodservices, the capital will be repaid in less than 18 months.

Benefits to the farm include:

  • using all of the waste from the 150 acre cattle, beef & sheep;
  • shelter from impending livestock emissions taxes;
  • no more artificial fertilisers; and
  • it’s energy independent, economically viable without support from the Single Farm Payment.

BJC-UK (Estates) Ltd have hosted the development of the system, which is a new concept for on-farm anaerobic digestion in the UK. It is based on a design by French company Aria, integrated by Quanta Systems and powered by a UK-manufactured combined heat & power unit that was designed and built by Mayphil Engine Group.

There are just 4 places left on this free event. For more details and to book, visit: http://www.cafs.org.uk/events/cumbria-green-build-festival-view-a-dry-anaerobic-digester-system-on-a-farm/

Cumbria Green Build Festival is organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS). We’re grateful to South Lakeland District Council for their funding support and thanks to a Discover Cumbria grant from Friends of the Lake District and Natural England, we’ve been able to organise additional events showcasing the best of the county.

Find out more about the Discover Cumbria grant scheme at www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/grants-overview.