The Lowbrook digester, developed by Owen Yeatman, is now part of a farming enterprise including 400 head dairy herd and 490 hectares of arable crops, and an exemplar case of opportunities offered by anaerobic digestion.
The Lowbrook digester is now part of a farming enterprise that also includes 400 head dairy herd and 490 hectares of arable crops. The developer, Owen Yeatman, a third generation farmer, started to investigate anaerobic digestion and the opportunities that it offered for his business by travelling to Germany and visiting working plants. Convinced of the merits and the business case, he went ahead and built the biogas plant on his own farm, with the assistance of a grant from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Bio-Energy Capital Grant Scheme). The intention was to develop an exemplar project which would test the economics of AD from dedicated biomass under UK conditions.