October 10, 2010

Study into the use of brownfield sites to produce biomass feedstock

Locations:
West Lothian
Types:
Vacant & Derelict Land, Woodland Creation
Funds:
CSGN Development Fund
Lead Partners:
West Lothian Council

Project background

West Lothian Council received £15,000 to support a Field Research Trial and Assessment of the potential of selected West Lothian Council owned existing and former brownfield sites to produce biomass feedstock incorporating the use of Compost Like Output (CLO) or anaerobic digestate. Project outputs have included FC Technical Development setting up a two year trial to plant Silver Birch into a range of substitute soils, and ten site visits to unrestored or potentially restored former mining and oil shale sites to assess the potential of these sites to take CLO and produce biomass. The trial will supported for two years with the findings also being reported to Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The site investigations will help the Council consider whether or not to move to woody biomass as a future source of fuel.

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2010 CSGN Development Fund 15,500

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