• SCOTS SCIENTISTS have developed a way to turn an invasive weed that has been the bane of Cuban agriculture into a source of renewable energy.

  • RENEWABLE HEAT might not be the first type of energy which springs to mind when considering on-farm renewables.

  • WHEN INSTALLING a biomass heating system, it is often the case that some of the last things to be considered are actually the most important aspects of the system.

  • WHEN JIM Shanks decided to explore the viability of installing an anaerobic digestion system on his family's Standhill Farm, near Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, he did not muck about reading brochures from inexperienced UK companies - he took himself to Germany, where farm AD is tried and tested.

  • SCOTTISH renewables sector leader, Ayrshire-based VG Energy, installed no fewer than 195 biomass boilers in 2014.

  • BIOMASS BOILERS are often promoted as having an efficiency of greater than 90% - but recently released independent research data shows that these claims can be overstated and that many installations will only be performing at between 58 and 75% for a variety of reasons, Adam Baxendine, of Smiths Gore, has warned.

  • IT HASN'T been without stumbling blocks, but for south-west farmer Iain Service, the long struggle to get his Anaerobic Digestion Plant up and running now has an end in sight.

  • NEW TWO-STAGE anaerobic digesters are now available in Scotland, aimed squarely at the farmscale market because of their ability to run on feedstocks with a high content of grass silage or straw-based manures.

  • A FERRY which once carried passengers around the Greek islands has found a new lease of life off the West of Scotland - transporting timber from remote coastal and island locations to markets on the mainland.

  • Raising broiler chickens is big business in Northern Ireland - but the energy costs for heating broiler houses, from around 32oC for the young birds, lowering to 23oC by about the fifth week, are considerable and can have major impact on gross margins.