Renewable heating and power for fruit farm and worker accommodation

Aberdeenshire

Castleton Fruit were one of the first businesses in the UK to install a Re2┬áBiomass CHP on their farm located in Laurencekirk, Scotland. They are one of Scotland’s largest commercial soft fruit growers producing premium, high quality strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries. The infrastructure required to operate such a successful large scale fruit farm is vast and requires a considerable amount of heat and electricity.

Purpose of Project / Business Challenge:

Castleton Fruit were in need of a solution that met their ever increasing demand for heat and electricity while also lowering their annual energy costs. They installed two Spanner Re2 Biomass CHP units initially and were so impressed with the results they added a third soon after. The heat produced by the Biomass CHP is used for all the farm buildings and the accommodation for their large workforce of 450 seasonal employees. The electricity produced is mainly used by farm operations with a small percentage being exported to the grid.

The cost of electricity is significantly reduced and the demand for heat is now covered all year round. Castleton Fruit were particularly impressed with the unique automation and remote control feature of Re2‘s Biomass CHPs making the operation of the units possible with a laptop or mobile device from any location where there is WiFi.

“We are delighted with our 3 Re2┬áBiomass CHP units and would highly recommend them for their reliability and efficiency. The scalability of deployment means the units are suitable for many different types of business models”, said Viorel Panait, Energy Manager, Castleton Fruit.