Position: AD consultant and manager of Brotherton iFarm
Panel: The New Frontiers for Biogas Processes and Technology
Philip graduated in Scotland before moving to Yorkshire, where his involvement in the agricultural industry has spanned across the last 50 years. His experience primarily covers agronomy and trials, particularly working with oil seed rape followed by a focus on rye and maize in the last 10 years.
This change was influenced by the Booth brothers, whose land and crops Philip supervised. The past 8 years have seen Philip carry out extensive trials on all major forage crops including maize, rye, energy beet, grass and miscanthus. It was decided that maize and rye fitted the soil type and rotation of the farm the best.
The farm decided to venture into the biogas industry with the installation of a 500 kW AD plant, producing electricity for the National Grid and using forage crops as the main source of feedstock for the plant. Philip completed the AD Certification Scheme in order to better his knowledge on the efficient running of an AD plant, the various challenges associated with forage crops, as well as to maintain a high degree of efficiency in producing methane biogas.