Renewable energy

A wide-ranging research programme into sources of renewable energy from agriculture and forestry is built around AFBI's facilities. This includes: Renewable energy crops, Biomass crops, Bioremediation, Anaerobic digestion projects & analysis of Greenhouse gas emissions.

Our facilities

  • Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow production with bioremediation of dirty water.
  • Improving and evaluating the agronomy of Miscanthus to achieve higher DM yields.
  • Storage and utilisation of biomass crops.
  • The carbon footprint of agricultural enterprises.
  • Combustion and emission characteristics of varying biomass sources.
  • The effect of the incorporation of renewable energy schemes on the carbon footprint of the AFBI Hillsborough site.
  • Demonstration of energy saving design and technology.
  • SRC crop management and harvesting regimes.
  • Investigation into further exploitation  of the multifunctionality of woody energy crops eg, riparian strips, disease barriers, carbon sinks.
  • Demonstration of other renewable energy technologies.
  • Anaerobic digestion of animal manure.