WITH the farm-scale Renewable Heat Incentive looking likely to survive at its current rate til the autumn, farmers and landowners still have a window of opportunity to climb aboard the biomass bandwagon.

To highlight the technology and processes involved, an open day has been arranged in Ayrshire, bringing together the sector expertise of VG Energy and the entrepreneurial enthusiasm of local farmer David Shaw, who has now set up his own biomass supply business – Ayrshire Chip'n'Logs – at Crofthead Farm, Sorn, Ayrshire.

The event, on Thursday June 1 from 12noon til 8pm, will showcase woodchipping, biomass boilers, the drying process and fuel delivery methods, with a selection of renewable energy machines on display, including an ETA containerised biomass system, a Megawatt Heizomat boiler and the fearsome Heizohack chipper, alongside Crofthead's own EWT wind turbine.

VG service manager, Andy McNab, will also be hosting technical training for clients to talk through boiler operation and maintenance, offering a chance to receive industry updates as well as technical advice for the smooth running and efficiency of your boiler, which will be open to everyone to attend.