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Energy Crops Consultancy’s new machinery to boost biomass offering

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With woodchip biomass in greater demand, the Energy Crops Consultancy (ECC) has acquired a New Holland self-propelled Forage Harvester from Lloyd in Carlisle, UK.

The machine has been fortified with extra protection and fitted with New Holland’s purpose-built compact FB103 coppice header for its use in ‘meticulously’ harvesting renewable energy crops, such as SRC willow and poplar wood crops.

With the new machine, ECC can now offer a complete end-to-end service, from field to end-market, fully managing the process from start to finish and ensuring that growers receive the quality harvest they need for a successful future with their energy crops.

ECC launched at the start of 2020, amid the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Using wood biomass primarily for energy generation, the firm is helping to create sustainable long-term renewable energy solutions to move away from fossil fuels, with the added environmental benefits of increased biodiversity, soil restoration, early pollination for bees and other insects, carbon storage, and natural flood management.

Neil Watkins, co-founder of ECC, said he was “delighted” with the new partnership with Lloyd in Carlisle: “We have received excellent support from all the team at Lloyd, from the workshop to the sales team.

“This new specialist forage harvester is a fantastic opportunity for us, as it gives us scope to expand our offering which our growers will benefit from. We look forward to working with Lloyd a lot more going forward.”

“This is such an exciting and innovative way of making use of the impressive technology and capabilities of the New Holland Forage Harvester,” said Lloyd’s managing director, Barry Lloyd, “so we were delighted to be able to work with ECC to make it happen.

“Our workshop team at Carlisle has really enjoyed tailoring the machine to ECC’s requirements as it’s such a different approach from how these machines are normally used. They’ve had the opportunity to apply their extensive skills and are genuinely excited at the finished machine.

“To know that it is going to be used to help with biodiversity and renewable energy too is great, as these aspects are going to become increasingly important to the environment in future.

“We wish ECC every success and look forward to continuing to work with them as their business grows.”