The first of the wetland biomass to bioenergy demonstrations is due to be held at the end of the month on the 29th and 30th January 2014 in Somerset. The event will demonstrate the end-to-end delivery of harvesting wetland feed stocks, (predominately common reed and soft rush), through to their conversion into energy.
AB Systems (UK) Ltd has been developing a wetland harvesting system, which is first of its type to be trialled in the UK.
They have combined leisure and agriculture, using the Pisten Bulley Greentech tracked vehicle, as a base machine typically used to engineer ski slopes, with a Kemp header for cutting and collecting, regularly used in agriculture.
Once harvested the material is stored and dried, if needed, in AgBags, ready then to be processed through a mobile briquetting machine.
This free event will be of interest to businesses and academics keen to explore opportunities relating to:
A morning of talks and discussion and lunch will be held at The Pipers Inn, Ashcott. Practical demonstrations will take place in the afternoon at Lilac Farm, Westhay, Somerset, and Ham Wall RSPB reserve. Please wear warm waterproof clothing and note that wellingtons are needed for visiting the wetland areas.
Booking for the event is essential, to register an interest and for more information contact Jenni McDonnell:
Or you can register your interest via the InnovateUK website.