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Fields of Gold

Innovation Week 14-20th October 2009
What are the Fields
of Gold?
A Crop of Oilseed Rape
- grown to produce Biofuel on a 15 acre field.
Biofuel is a fuel produced from a biological source in this
instance the oilseed rape seeds.
The biofuel produced is called Biodiesel
Biodiesel is used to power engines.
Biodiesel may be used in pure form in newer engines where
stated by the manufacturer, and is frequently combined with
fossil-fuel diesel in ratios varying from 2% to 20% biodiesel.
Oilseed rape is the oil mainly produced in Europe due to the
high yields produced per acre compared to other sources.
Where are the Fields
of Gold?
To pursue the Council’s objectives regarding Quality of Life, Sustainable Energy and
Agenda 21 and taking into account the current Climate Change agenda, it was decided
to undertake a pilot Oil Seed Rape growing and harvesting project on a portion of the
The
future aim oflands
housing the know
project is to educate
as ‘Grange’ the public
adjacent to Corkagh Park –about
see map below.
Oilseed Rape and renewable energy crops in general.

To provide a demonstration crop to illustrate the quantity
of land required to fuel a vehicle for a year.

The mileage achieved using the resulting biodiesel will
also be measured and the results subsequently made
public.
To pursue the Council’s objectives regarding Quality of Life, Sustainable Energy and
Agenda 21 and taking into account the current Climate Change agenda, it was decided
Cont…
to undertake a pilot Oil Seed Rape growing and harvesting project on a portion of the
Before the lands
future housing cropknowwasas sown
‘Grange’the contractor
adjacent to Corkaghestimated that
Park – see map below.
8-9 tons of biofuel oil (8,000-9,000L) may be produced
from the 15 acre plot.

The average small family car with a 1.4L engine uses
approximately 800 litres per annum (based on mileage of
approx. 20,000 km per annum).

Potentially the project could fuel 10 family cars for 1 year.

Theoretically 1.5 acres (0.6ha) of Oilseed Rape is
The Oilseed Plant
Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Brassicales

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Species: B. Napus

The Oilseed plant is related to the
cabbage plant… Rapeseed (Brassica napus)
Previous Land Use
• The tracks in the
field were from
scrambler bikes
and quads use.
• An anti-social
behaviour pattern
had developed.
• The growing of
Oilseed Rape
proved to be a
pro-social
solution.

Image courtesy of the Bing Maps website
Crop in Flower Summer 2009
Harvesting September 2009
The Resulting Crop
The Oilseed Rape crop
To pursue the Council’s objectives regarding Quality of Life, Sustainable Energy and
at Grange,Corkagh,
Agenda 21 and taking into account the current Climate Change agenda, it was decided
harvested 18 tonnes of
to undertake a pilot Oil Seed Rape growing and harvesting project on a portion of the
seed.
future housing lands know as ‘Grange’ adjacent to Corkagh Park – see map below.
When refined this will
produce 6 tonnes (6,540
litres) of oil.
This equates to 50,000
– 55,000 vehicle miles or
up to 88,000km
approximately for a van
or pick-up truck
Theoretically this will
fuel 3 council vehicles
for 1 year.
Lourda Whyte, Esker Depot, SDCC driver of an Oilseed Biofuel powered vehicle and Ken Clayton, Mechanical Services, SDCC
We Wish to Thank
•The staff of SDCC’s
Housing and Development
Departments
To pursue theforCouncil’s
allocating objectives regarding Quality of Life, Sustainable Energy and
the Agenda
lands for21the
andproject.
taking into account the current Climate Change agenda, it was decided
•Staff of the Parks
to undertake a pilot Oil Seed Rape growing and harvesting project on a portion of the
Department for their
future housing co-know as ‘Grange’ adjacent to Corkagh Park – see map below.
lands
operation and enthusiasm
for the project.
•Mechanical Services
section for their knowledge
and monitoring of the
vehicles involved.
•Michael McBennett and
family for the preparation,
seeding, maintenance,
harvesting and processing
of the crop.
•The public for their
Matt Rudden, Corkagh District Supervisor, and Michael McBennett,
appreciation of the crop and local producer and contractor for the Oilseed Rape project
project.