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Strategy segments:

Policy, Commercial and Technology


The potential of the on-farm AD industry is substantial, with over 90Mt of manures and slurries and a potential 3.6Mt of pre-farm gate crop-residues available to send to AD. In doing so, significant amounts of methane can be abated while producing renewable energy to be used both on and off-grid. Despite this potential, there are significant barriers to the development of small on-farm AD and the uptake remains relatively low due to the technological and economic barriers.

Suggested aims:

  • To develop a core set of policy asks to remove the barriers to taking up small scale on-farm AD
  • To address the technological gap on on-farm AD solutions
  • To facilitate a reduction in the capex and opex of small on-farm AD to make it more financially viable

Suggested deliverables:

  • Produce a set of policy asks to create more favourable conditions uptake of small-scale AD development
  • Submit a proposal to BSI for the establishment of a small-scale AD standard to ensure farmers have confidence in such technologies


Dr David Kaner


Enviro Advice, Alltech, SEAB Power, WRM, Bennamann, Ab-En, Advanced Anaerobics, Cannington Enterprises, FM BioEnergy, Foresight Group, Future Biogas, Marsh Commercial, National Farmers Union, Stopford, Abagri, New Stream Renewables, Omex Environmental, University of Southampton, Alps Ecoscience, Cranfield University, BT Connect, Acorn Bioenergy

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