A concept by a Montrose farmer to develop a new fuel source using farm animal bedding has been awarded £25,000.
The money has been given by Local Energy Scotland for The Montrose Local Energy Project (MLEP), which was developed from an idea by farmer at Rosemount Farm, Alex Sanger.
The project will develop a new fuel source from the agricultural sector that will feed into local heat demand and potentially local electricity demand.
The fuel will be created through the processing and drying of used animal bedding, principally cattle, which is a mix of straw and animal waste.
It is envisioned that the transfer of heating supply from grid-related solutions will help relieve pressure on mainstream electricity supplies as efforts turn increasingly to non-carbon related sources of fuel.
The project is being led by Angus Council in partnership with the local farm, as well as researchers and consultants from the energy sector.
A council spokesperson said: “Angus Council and partners will have the common goal of researching, analysing, testing and ultimately creating a new fuel source from used animal bedding.
“We are delighted that the project is being supported by the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Scotland Fund in this way.”
It is intended to deploy the new fuel in pellet form in applications close to the source of the material.
The fuel may be used in boilers on its own, or probably blended with biomass fuel, either wood chip or wood pellet.