Cockle Park Farm, Newcastle Demo Event
Biomass Connect with Newcastle University, supported by the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) successfully hosted an informative demonstration event at the Cockle Park Farm, Newcastle University. The event provided a platform for attendees from the biomass industry to gain insights and engage in discussions focused on biomass production, agroforestry, land use and diversification.
Miscanthus Paper Printing Exhibition at IBERS
Research scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) collaborated with Aberystwyth Printmakers to curate an extraordinary exhibition featuring diverse artwork printed on Miscanthus paper. Miscanthus grass sourced from its native […]
Willow Planting by ECC at IBERS Hub Site
Willow planting by Energy Crops Consultancy at the Biomass Connect IBERS Hub site. Planting crops for biomass energy.
Biomass Connect at Cereals, the arable event
There was so much happening at Cereals, the arable event. Here's a quick fly-around of some of the stands to give you a flavour of the show.
Willow Planting at AFBI Hub Site
Willow Planting at the Biomass Connect AFBI Hub Site in Northern Ireland
Miscanthus Planting at IBERS Hub Site
Terravesta and Miscanthus Nurseries planting Miscanthus at the Biomass Connect IBERS Hub Site in May 2023
Biomass Connect visit Western Bio-Energy
Biomass Connect team members recently visited Western Bio-Energy in Port Talbot South Wales, to find out more about this dynamic biomass-to-energy generation plant.
A round-up of some of the information and activities that Biomass Connect offers.
It's not all about trees! We may have planted over 100,000 trees for the BiomassConnect project, but we've been busy planting Miscanthus too. Miscanthus is a high-yielding, low-input crop that has the potential to be an important source of renewable energy. Our researchers will be exploring its use as a bioenergy feedstock and the potential environmental benefits it may offer. We can't wait to share our findings with you!
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree that's perfect for producing biomass for energy. These trials will help researchers better understand the best conditions for growing alder as a bioenergy crop. By investing in sustainable energy sources like Eucalyptus, we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and help protect the planet.
Planting Poplar Trees
As part of the Biomass Connect project, we're conducting a biomass trial using Poplar trees. Poplar is a fast-growing, sustainable crop that shows promise as a renewable energy source. Our researchers will be investigating its potential as a bioenergy feedstock and the environmental benefits it may provide. Stay tuned for updates on our progress!
Alder Planting at IBERS Hub Site
Alder is a fast-growing tree that's perfect for producing biomass for energy. These trials will help researchers better understand the best conditions for growing alder as a bioenergy crop.
SRC Willow Planting at BGI Hub Site
Last week, Energy Crops Consultancy (ECC) planted a 6-way mix of SRC willow at the BGI Hub Site. They used their 2-row planter which is perfect for smaller sites.
Planting at the North Wyke Site, Devon
That’s the hand planting at the Rothamsted Research North Wyke hub site completed as well. It’s been a busy few weeks for the planting teams but great to be getting […]
Planting at the IBERS Hub Site – April 2023
Planting at the Biomass Connect Hub Site at IBERS, Aberystwyth. The trial plots of Miscanthus, Black Locust, Poplar, Alder, and Eucalyptus were all completed on a sunny day in April. […]
BGI Hub Site now Planted – April 2023
We’ve planted the BGI Hub Site with woody crops. Check out the video to see how it looks today.
The Planting Team in Full Flow
The Planting Team in Full Flow planting Poplar at the Biomass Connect BGI Hub Site.
Planting Black Locust
Planting Black Locust at the Biomass Connect BGI Hub Site
Planting Belgian Poplar Stems
Planting Belgian Poplar Stems at the Biomass Connect BGI Hub Site
Check out the growth of these Eucalyptus trees that are already capturing around 18 tonnes of carbon per hectare.
Biomass Connect Drax Tour
Recently, members of the Biomass Connect team had the opportunity to visit the Drax Power Station, located in Selby, North Yorkshire. The station is the largest power plant in the UK and is responsible for producing around 7% of the country's electricity. Drax is also the largest decarbonisation project in Europe, and the company is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Cut and Chip Harvesting of Willow
Cut and chip harvesting of willow and billet harvesting with a mechanical harvester.
Whole Stem Mechanical Harvesting of Willow
Whole stick harvesting of willow with a mechanical harvester
Hand Harvesting Willow
Hand harvesting of Willow at a recent Biomass Connect demo event at the IBERS, Aberystwyth Hub Site.
Biomass Connect Demo Event at BioGlobal Industries
A few video clips to give you a taste of the Biomass Connect Demo Event at BioGlobal Industries on March 22nd 2023. The event featured a variety of activities, including […]
Black Locust Presentation – Márton Németh
Márton Németh talking about Black Locust as a biomass crop at the recent Biomass Connect Demo Event hosted by BioGlobal Industries.
Willow Breeding and Biodiversity – Kevin Lindegaard
Kevin Lindegaard from Envirocrops talking about willow breeding and biodiversity at a recent Biomass Connect Demo Event.
Making the Right Decisions – Kevin Lindegaard
Kevin Lindegaard’s talk at the IBERS Demo Event, March 2023. He explains how making the right decisions when planting and harvesting willow and other biomass crops is essential and how […]
Find out how Envirocrops is revolutionising the biomass industry.
Drone Flyover – IBERS Demo Event March 2023
Relax with a drone flyover from our recent Biomass Connect Demo event at IBERS, Aberystwyth. The perfect opportunity to see what a trial site growing the biomass crops willow and […]
Willow Varieties Talk – William MacAlpine
William MacAlpine from Rothamsted Research speaking at the IBERS, Aberystwyth Biomass Connect Demo Event about research into choosing the best willow varieties for biomass crop production.
Planting SRC Willow
At our recent IBERS Hub Site Demo Event William MacAlpine of Rothamsted Research explained why a mix of 6 different varieties is recommended when planting willow as a biomass crop.
The effect of SRC Willow on Biodiversity
A look at how Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow can have a positive effect on biodiversity both in than plantation itself and the surrounding areas.
Biomass Connect Webinar 3
Biomass Crops - Some Interesting Alternatives. Some biomass crops are bigger and leave a greater impression than others whilst others might be humbler but still get the job done. Our panel includes environmental farmer John Hawkins and expert silviculturalist Bryan Elliott.
Soil Organic Carbon
This video explores the effect of planting biomass crops on Soil Organic Carbon (SOC). It is formed from the interaction of ecosystem processes such as photosynthesis, respiration and decomposition of SOM. Soil carbon provides the benefit of enhancing soil quality which is essential to sustain and improve food production, increase supply and quality of water, enhance biodiversity, and reduce atmospheric CO2. For these reasons, planting biomass crops help to improve soil quality, provide resilience to physical soil degradation and help mitigate climate change.
Growers’ Stories: Steve and Matt Hunt, BGI
Interviews with Steve and Matt Hunt from the plantations at Bio Global Industries in Bucks. The farm has a 98 kW BioKompakt boiler and uses 80 tonnes of wood fuel […]
SRC Willow for Environmental Protection and Wastewater Management
As part of the Biomass Connect Launch Event at the recent Low Carbon Agriculture show, Chris Johnston of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) gave a fascinating talk on the […]
Willow Sample Harvesting
It turned out to be a grey and wet day but that didn’t stop the IBERS Aberystwyth Hub Site from harvesting willow ready for sampling.
BGI ‘From Field to Fire’ Demo Event Promo
Promo Video from BGI showing the process of ‘Field to Fire’ for biomass crops which will be demonstrated at their upcoming Biomass Connect Demo Event. Biomass Connect Demo – […]
Jeanette Whitaker – Biomass Connect Launch Event
Presentation by Jeannette Whitaker (UKCEH) outlining the Biomass Connect project
Webinar 2 – Emerging Markets for Biomass Crops
Biomass Connect Webinar 2 - Emerging Markets for Biomass Crops with William Cracroft-Eley of Terravesta and Prof. JJ Leahy of The University of Limerick
Drone Flyover of the IBERS Hub Site
IBERS Biomass Connect Hub Site, Aberystwyth. December 2022. Ground prepared ready for planting. This drone flyover shows Fields 1 and 2 of the IBERS Hub Site in Aberystwyth. Field 1: […]
Biomass Connect Webinar 1
The first of our Webinar Series – Land preparation – starting off on the right foot with speakers Mike Cooper from Miscanthus Nursery Ltd. and David Watson from Energy Crops […]
IBERS Hub Site
IBERS Biomass Connect Hub Site. December 2022. Ground prepared ready for planting. The video shows the North Easterly field of the hub site that will have plots of Short Rotation […]
Processing of Eucalyptus – by BGI Ltd.
BGI video showing the processing of Eucalyptus. The trees are cut down and the truck is used to make logs. Branches and leaves can be chipped and homogenised. The Eucalyptus […]
Willow Regrowth in Spring – A Timelapse
A short time-lapse film showing the regrowth of willow in spring. It was shot over seven weeks between March and May 2017 at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, home to the […]
Agricultural Biomass for Energy Crops Series: Miscanthus
Bioenergy Europe’s third video of a series of four dedicated to #bioenergy feedstock coming from #agriculture, both perennial energy crops and agricultural residues. In this video we focus on the […]
Biomass carbon cycle – Bioenergy explained
This video sheds light on the meaning of carbon neutrality and explains the role of bioenergy in decarbonisation and climate change mitigation. Bioenergy is a carbon neutral, renewable energy that […]
Agricultural Biomass for Energy Crops Series: Short Rotation Coppice Willow
Bioenergy Europe’s first video of a series of four dedicated to #bioenergy feedstock coming from #agriculture, both perennial energy crops and agricultural residues. In this video we focus on Short […]
Agri-biomass & energy crops deserve a harmonised recognition in the future CAP
Interview to Emmanuel de Maupeou, France Miscanthus. Visit the website of the European Bioenergy Future 2017 conference: http://www.bioenergyfuture.eu