FAMILY OWNED FARM
The Farms Story
Court Farm is a family run business located on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border, milking 260 Holsteins via 4 x Lely astronaut robots. The 260 acre farm is an excellent example of how the 75 year old business is embracing new technology to improve efficiency and increase sustainability.
Richard Carter is the son in law of Mr & Mrs C Pugh who own the farm and we asked why they looked at farm scale AD?
“We saw it as a good add on to our business to use a waste product which is our slurry to produce electricity and heat. it was a similar investment to having another robot and more cows, however we don’t have to manage it in the same way. e.g we don’t have more acres to farm, no extra livestock and no extra slurry to manage”
And asked if the Biolectric system has benefitted the farm?
“It has reduced our £35000 electric bill by 80% so far, and we are also going to receive feed in tariff and RHI, and there are some hidden benefits as the digestate has a higher fertiliser value which in turn will reduce our bought in fertiliser costs, we do feel it will put us in a better place for any future environmental legislation. ”
The biolectric system sounded like the solution they had been looking for which would generate renewable electricity and hot water 24/7 and leave them with digestate which can improve grass growth when spread effectively.
With electricity rising at an alarming rate the electricity and heat savings will save us in excess of £50 000 per annum
The hot water produced will provide heating in the Farmhouse & cafe along with hot water for the robots and washdown will provide additional savings.
Slurry Only Biolectric Micro AD System
Size : 33kw (11 & 22kw CHP Engines)
Excellent financial returns
Reduced fertilizer costs
Protection from future environmental legislation
What does the farmer have to say?
What would you say to any farmer considering a Biolectric system?
“It is a great add on to any dairy farm. However a good knowledge of how the plant works in terms of being able to carry out any repair/maintenance is vital to achieving good results and profitability. We spend between 5-15 minutes a day just making sure everything is ok, You cant just forget about it.”
Mr Richard Carter – Court Farm
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
The inspiration of Biolectric originated in 2009 after seeing that there were no mass produced micro scale AD plants in Europe. After building a proof-of-concept installation in 2011, Philippe Jans – reinforced by the investor he found in the family Westerlund (Taste Invest) and together with Jan Palmaers and Jonathan Schrauwen – established Biolectric.
Since building the first micro digester the system has seen many technical innovations (some patented) that has increased reliability.
The Energy Produced
On a farm with 80 cows the yearly CH₄ emission of manure is equal to the CO₂ equivalent of 110 160 kg per year. By placing a Biolectric biogas installation this CH₄ (Methane) is converted into green energy and heat, enough to replace 110 cars off the road every year.
CH4 EMISSIONS SAVED
EQUIVALENT TO CARS OFF
THE ROAD EACH YEAR