Renewable Energy from Agriculture
a farmer controlled business growing and promoting energy crops in the
REFA was formed in 2001 to bridge the gap between agriculture and the energy industry. With a growing demand for low carbon fuels in both the liquid and solid energy markets we saw a good opportunity for farmers to diversify into energy crops and to produce traditional crops with the energy market in mind. The only problem was that generally speaking agriculture did not understand Industry and vice versa.
That is where REFA come in.
We have two main areas of activity
REFA produce and
contract oilseed rape for the Greenergy ‘Field to Forecourt’ ™ contract. The
‘Field to Forecourt’™ contract is the first of its kind in
The development of a domestic UK based Biodiesel business based on domestic oilseed rape has been a slow process but will come to fruition with the construction of the Greenergy Biodiesel plant at Immingham in 2006.
2/ Short Rotation Coppice
With returns from cereals and other traditional crops under constant pressure REFA believe one way for farmers to maintain profitability is to grow low input crops.
One such crop is
Short Rotation Coppice (SRC)
The lack of supply of wood at prices competitive to fossil fuels has been a hurdle for development of so called ‘Biomass’ power stations. This has now changed with higher fossil fuel prices and a combination of a number of government policies such as the introduction of Renewable Obligation Certificates and the Kyoto Protocol.
In 2005 SembCorp
Utilities announced it was to build a 30Mw £60m biomass power station on Teeside known as
If you would like to
We are also in talks with other potential end users of SRC
so you do not have to be in
We believe that the low input cost aspects of SRC offers farmers the opportunity to produce a crop that will show better returns than other conventional crops.
Renewable Energy From Agriculture
Telephone: 01740 623300
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