Welcome to
Brains Farm
Renewable Energy

We’re driving positive change in the UK’s energy landscape. Through innovative anaerobic digestion, we’re transforming organic materials into clean renewable natural gas (RNG), contributing to a greener, more sustainable future.

Your peace of mind matters to us, and we invite you to explore, connect, and stay informed as we progress towards a sustainable future together.

Our FAQ section is designed to address your questions and concerns and links to a form for you to ask additional questions. 

For the latest news, information, resources and to discover how we’re working with the local community.

Brains Farm

We understand that there’s a lot of concern when a project like this commences. However, we take pride in our commitment to open communication and community engagement and this website is intended to convey as much information and education as possible to help you understand the project, what’s going on and what it entails.


We believe in providing clear, factual information. Our website is designed as a place for you, our valued local community, the press, and councillors; and we’ve designed it to ensure you can find information about the Brains Farm Renewable Energy project, from its inception to the current stage of development and beyond.

Project Timeline

The Brains Farm Renewable Energy project is currently in the construction phase. This timeline should give you a feel for what to expect next and when it will be happening:

As with all large projects, especially those involving outdoor construction, there is a risk that dates will change for all sorts of reasons beyond our control. We will update this timeline as soon as we are aware of such changes. We will also add more stages and in-depth information as we work out the details, so please look back often for updates.

November 2017
Planning Permission Granted

Somerset County Council granted full planning permission for the Brains Farm renewable natural gas to grid project project.

August 2023 - November 2023

Converting architectural layout and elevation drawings for planning purposes into full engineering designs capable of construction on site. 

August 2023

Site preparations, mobilisation and construction work permit
applications (such as temporary traffic lights).  Erection of site signage and
information.  Establishment of the temporary works offices, utilities and site compound. Erection of fencing and enabling

August 2023 - August 2024
In progress
Civil Works (Surveys etc)

Initial works include site clearance, demolition of old farm
buildings, concrete crushing, stripping of topsoil layer, diverting of existing swale and excavations.

When complete we move onto ground preparation (levelling and
cut & fill), construction of compacted stone and membrane layers and installation of below ground ducts and drainage.

Once levelled and stabilised, work can begin on concrete bases and structures that will support the anaerobic digestion plant and

January 2024- September 2024
AD Process Construction

Construction of the main above ground structures such as
tanks & domed membrane roofs and clamps. 
Installation of hoppers and other mechanical equipment for the feeding and processing of organic materials. Delivery and installation of containerised equipment for energy production, gas processing and regulation.

May 2024 - September 2024
Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Installation

Teams on site working on installing electrical cabling and pipework to connect up all the various equipment that is being constructed and installed during the AD Process Construction phase.

March 2024 - November 2024
Community Engagement Events

More information to follow.

September 2024 - December 2024
AD Commissioning

Dry and Wet testing of systems to ensure correct installation.

“Seeding” of the tanks with the biological materials that will process organic materials into renewable gas.  Heating of the tanks to 40C and first feeding of the biology to produce biogas.

“Ramping up” of feeding to full feed rate and testing of the new plant at full input and output rates.

Full Operation

The plant achieves full operational capacity and a steady state for both feed inputs and renewable gas and digestate outputs. 

The plant will now be producing enough renewable natural gas to supply up to 4,000 - 5,000 local homes every year; reducing emissions from agriculture and returning renewable fertiliser to local soils.

Find Out More

To read more about the plant and answers to frequently asked questions click here…

If you have any questions we haven’t already answered – you can ask them here…