Non-Food Crops
Non-food Crops

There is an agricultural revolution taking place within the British countryside with farmers being encouraged to take a fresh look at what they produce and how it is produced. One major aspect of this diversification that seems to have been generally overlooked is the area of non-food crops.

Renewable World

Renewable WorldWant to know more about renewables but don't know who to ask?

Try The Renewable World, a website grounded in good-quality science, and offering an innovative way into this sometimes perplexing area.

To find out more, go to http://therenewableworld.face-online.org.uk/


From Field to Fibreboard
From Field to Fibreboard 
The area to be used for miscanthus is cleared and prepared. Fields with poor soils that are not as suitable for other crops are chosen. The rhizomes is planted in the ground.
From Grass to Grid


Elean Power Station is a £60m plant located at Sutton near Ely in Cambridgeshire. It is the UK's first and the world's largest straw fired power station.

The power station was built between 1998 and 2000 and there are 50 people employed on site. The plant uses 200,000 tonnes of straw each year and generates enough electricity each year to meet the needs of 80,000 homes, or two towns the size of Cambridge.

The plant layout comprises two 18m high barns to house the straw either side of the 25m high boiler plant. To help the building fit into the surrounding landscape, it was built 8m into the ground. The heavy clay that was excavated was used to landscape the surrounding area which was planted with over 12,000 shrubs.