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Calor LPG helps Wyke Farms sell grid-quality gas

01 February 2016

The farming and dairy industry has been hit hard over the past few years, meaning more and more rural farmers are looking beyond the more traditional methods of business to expand their revenue streams and boost income. 

Many farmers have diversified in to other activities, such as farm produce shops or dairy processing, but, with their business often located off-grid, it is essential to source a versatile, reliable source of energy for process heat and cooking, hot water and space heating.

One such business is Wyke Farms, an award winning cheese producer that manufactures the most environmentally friendly cheese in the UK. Here’s how it is pioneering new ways in which clean household energy can be generated with the help of Calor LPG. 

Sustainable energy source
The business generates biogas from its own on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which converts 75,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste per year into renewable energy to sell back to the National Grid. By blending Calor LPG with their biomethane, the resulting blend qualifies for injection into mains gas grid – thereby making a contribution of sustainable energy to many thousands of domestic homes and businesses.

Jason Fewell, Engineering Director at Wyke Farms, said: “We chose LPG from Calor to blend with the lower grade biomethane in order to increase the calorific value of the gas.  This ensures that that it is the same quality as the local grid gas and also means we can claim back under the government’s renewable heat incentive (RHI) benefits.”

Choosing LPG
In order for Wyke to capitalise from its biomethane production, it needed the security and reliability of a constant supply of LPG. Calor has been providing rural diary and farming businesses for many years and is often selected as the preferred fuel source due to its cleaner, greener and versatile properties. 

The AD plant forms a part of Wyke’s ‘100% Green’ sustainability initiative, which has seen the company invest in other sustainable energy sources including solar arrays, electronic delivery, water recovery and packaging waste reduction as well as sharing knowledge and encouraging suppliers to work in more sustainable ways. 

Automatic tank top up
Another benefit of opting for Calor gas is the option of having Calor’s Think Tank® telemetry system installed on the bulk tanks, which regularly monitors gas levels via a contents gauge, and alerts the Calor team when the tank requires a top up so a timely delivery can be scheduled. 

Jason continues: “We chose Calor because of its ability to supply and the fact it provided a telemetry system to ensure that we have a no worry supply of LPG to site.

“The fact that Calor still owns the tanks is great for us too, because it lowers our capital investment.”

If you’re interested in diversifying your rural business and are seeking a new fuel supply, visit https://www.calor.co.uk/business/products-and-services/farming/farm-diversification for further information. 


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