About the project
The Trust and Tay Salmon Fisheries secured funding from the Scottish Bio Fuels Programme and commissioned a study of the Tay reed beds.
The report provides an analysis of the potential for the reed beds to provide a commercially sustainable source of biomass. The bio fuel consists of reed, willow and driftwood. An estimate is provided of the maximum biomass volume that could theoretically grow or be harvested on the River Tay in each year. In principle harvesting of the reed is feasible, providing increased management of the reed bed with 30-50% being harvested.
The report highlights a number of issues including the wider benefits, risks, stakeholders involvement and environmental and planning issues. It also makes a number of recommendations for the next steps including the need for wider consultation with stakeholders and a business case to be developed.