IT was a bad summer for holiday-makers, but one of the wettest years on record has given an environmentally-minded energy company something to shout about.
Scottish Coal is celebrating after the damp resulted in huge growth for the recently-planted willow energy crop near Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian. The firm hopes the crop growing in the Chesters Wood nursery will help combat rising fuel costs which have demonstrated the importance of exploring alternative options for energy supply.
Willow trees yield a biomass energy crop every three to four years, which is chipped or baled then processed as a biofuel, used on its own or mixed with coal as a combi-fuel for electricity or heat generation. The crop has already sprouted two metres in just five months, since it was planted in late April.
Source: NEWS.scotsman.com Sept. 29, 2004.