CROP Anaerobic Digestion

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Renewable energy resources 

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Identifying what renewable energy resources you have can help to inform what type of project you should take forward. There are a number of freely available sources of information to assist a community to decide on what type of project to develop.

Take a look at our matrix to help to identify which technologies might be most suited to your community.  

Anaerobic Digestion Basics

Anaerobic DigestionAnaerobic Digestion is a natural process where plant and animal materials are broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of air. The resultant products comprise of a methane rich gas that can be used to generate heat and power, whilst the plant and animal material residue has the potential to be used as a fertiliser due to it being nutrient rich.Maps The ability to develop anaerobic digestion in Argyll and Bute will depend upon having a suitable supply of organic material.  

We are not aware of any community based anaerobic digestion projects in Argyll but if you are planning one please let us know.

To see other developments in your area view our interactive renewables map

Case studies of community renewable projects can be found at

Community Energy Scotland  Local Energy Scotland Plan Local Scottish Gov 

All have good case studies of community renewable projects around the country.

To find out more about anaerobic digestion technology and how it works please see the links provided below:  

Anaerobic Digestion logoNational Non Food Crops Centre (NNFCC) - anaerobic digestion website provides details on all aspects of setting up your own anaerobic digestion project.



Plan LocalPlan LoCaL online resource which provides details on the the benefits of an energy from waste project (anaerobic digestion) including an online film introducing the topic of anaerobic digestion and providing a case study.

Community Energy Scotland lCommunity Renewable Energy ToolkitSection 1 of the toolkit provides an overview of the basics of energy production, renewable energy and carbon counting whilst Section 4.4.2 of the toolkit includes details on the uses of anaerobic digestion, the method of production and links to case studies of operational projects. 

  The following organisations can provide assistance in developing an anaerobic digestion project:  

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Check out the CROP Support page for help in setting your own renewables project.CROP - Support

You can get advice from our Planning team.

The Community Development Team can assist in local consultation or developing a community action plan.

The Social Enterprise Team can assist with advice regarding social enterprises, grants and funding.

Local Energy ScotlandThe Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scotland (CARES) scheme is delivered by Local Energy Scotland, which aims to enable community and rural business uptake of renewable energy.  The CARES Toolkit will guide you through developing a renewable energy project and includes specific guidance on hydro energy.

 Community Energy Scotland logoCommunity Energy Scotland (CES) provide free and impartial advice to community organisations.

CentreforSustainableEnergylogoThe Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent charity that provides advice, guidance and training to individuals, groups and organisations throughout the UK looking to become more sustainable.

Energy saving trustThe Energy Saving Trust offer free and impartial advice on small scale renewable energy technologies including hydro.  The EST’s renewable energy selector tool will help you to find out which renewable energy technology will benefit you most. Please note that the EST renewable selector tool only applies to domestic buildings.

Resource efficent ScotlandResource Efficient Scotland is a Scottish Government funded programme which helps businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently.  The programme builds on the previous Scottish Government funded business and public sector advice services delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, Carbon Trust and EST so that advice on energy, water, materials and waste can be accessed from a single service.

DepartmentforEnergyandClimateChangelogoThe Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promote international action to mitigate climate change. As part of this remit DECC provides an overview of the advice available for people and organisations interested in developing a community owned renewable energy project in the UK.

HIEHighlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland that aims to generate sustainable economic growth in every part of the Highlands and Islands.  HIE recognises that communities can benefit significantly from renewable energy and provides support and advice to businesses and social enterprises looking to benefit from the renewables industry.