Montrose Local Energy Project

Project lead: Rosemount Farms

Project partners: SLR Consulting

Area: Angus

Main technology: Creation of a new fuel source

Grant awarded: £212,000

Project summary:

The Montrose Local Energy Project is seeking to create a new fuel source from a waste product - animal bedding. Working in collaboration with a number of consultancy organisations and a farm in Angus, this project is using waste  animal bedding to produce pellets as a viable heat source.

The project faces a number of challenges as it is extremely innovative in creating pellets of this kind. The waste bedding must be dried and processed before being pelletised, with a view to selling these pellets on a commercial basis.

What makes this project innovative?

There is some research activity in this area, but very little in Scotland. Livestock farming accounts for over half of agriculture in Scotland - and there is therefore a huge potential opportunity to add value to what is currently a waste product. If a commercial business model can be developed, this will create a perfect example of circular economies and utilisation of waste materials.

The project is currently undertaking a range of trials to produce and test suitable pellets. As the pellets are made from waste products, there are stringent regulations which must be passed.


The Montrose Local Energy Project is no longer progressing through the Local Energy Challenge Fund. Read more about the project here:



Further documents are available including a detailed financial model. Please contact Local Energy Scotland if you would like to access these materials.