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Four back issues of Practical Farm Ideas with highly relevant articles on energy generation on the farm.

Four highly relevant magazines on farm energy

As energy becomes increasingly expensive, so opportunities present themselves for more farmers to take advantage of renewable energy sources and incentives, and it goes a lot further than building a wind farm.

Our 'Farm Energy Subscription Pack' includes three back issues, each which features a renewable energy project.

ISSUE A: Vol 14 issue 2 describes a solar heated timber kiln used for drying farm timber for furniture, building and other uses. Home designed and built the kiln uses inexpensive off-the shelf components from the builders merchant, so the capital cost is very low.

ISSUE B: Vol 15 issue 4 describes a farm designed and built bio-gas digester which has been working and under constant development for the past 20 years. The plant uses slurry from a 70 cow herd and uniquely uses the surplus energy from a small wind turbine to improve gas production. The result is a gas output equivalent to 4,000 galls of oil, and a total energy saving on the farm of £7,000 a year.

ISSUE C: Vol 17 issue 1 describes a hydro-electric plant on a Devon farm that was home designed and largely built with family labour. It uses a stream similar to many all over the country, one that is used by salmon for spawning. The ecological problems have been solved and the plant, which has been working ten years, has added £1/4m to the farm finances in that time, and supplies energy equal to that needed by the 80 homes in the three neighbouring villages. An ecological and commerical success.

ISSUE D: Vol 22 issue 3 features a bio-gas digester designed and built by a farmer which processes slurry from 600 cows together with imported chicken manure and other waste. The two diesel engines have been adapted to work on 100% gas and each is rated at 80kW. Slurry based digestate has design challenges as the digester has to cope with sand and grit, which has to be removed from the container on a regular basis, and also foaming, which occurs when the digestate is more active than normal. Many commercial digesters are designed for maize or another consistent digestate which are free from contaminants.

Any farmer or farm student interested in learning more about energy conservation will gain information that does not feature in commercial brochures or anywhere else.

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