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Over the last 10 years anaerobic digestion (AD) plants have been built on farms across the UK to process agricultural and industrial organic feedstocks to produce biogas and generate renewable energy. These plants are reliable, efficient and flexible, capable of processing a wide variety of different feedstock inputs.  This AD technology allows conversion of organic waste into green energy, turning a possible disposal cost into farm revenue and developing a sustainable business.  AD plants export both electricity and bio-methane to grid, so making the most of turning waste into renewable energy.


However, these farm AD Plants have PCs and other devices that need to be connected to the Internet to allow control, monitoring and technical support to maintain a fully 24/7 operational status.  At RuralTech, we can help the on-farm operating team and third party technical management to have 24-hour monitoring access by making sure the broadband connectivity, PC operations, data backup and cyber security are fully supported.




Microsoft stopped providing security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 on 14th January 2020 and as a result, we are advising all our AD Plant clients to upgrade to Windows 10 to ensure the plants remain fully operational and are not exposed to any security risks and viruses.

Each upgrade typically involves one or two days on site.  A new customised Dell Optiplex PC running the latest version of Windows 10 Pro with a core i5 Processor is required, along with a large hard drive to run the FactoryTalk software vital for each plant's operation.

Once on site, the PC is installed in a secure data cabinet, complete with business-grade anti-virus software, specialist remote support software and local and Cloud data backup.

Also, if required, the upgrade includes the installation of a new business-grade DrayTek 2862 Router with the latest firmware to maximise broadband connectivity.  This has a bespoke configuration, both for cyber security and to allow remote access for third party support.


Contact us for more detailed information on how RuralTech can safeguard the future of your AD Plant!













RuralTech has successfully provided broadband connectivity for new GeoCube Ground Source Heat pumps at W.H. Gittins & Sons at Wykey Farm in Shropshire.  Working in association with IPT Technology Ltd, the company that supplies the GeoCube heat pump units, RuralTech installed a dedicated 40Mbps download and upload broadband connection for the control panel of the unit, using a secure configured business-grade DrayTek Vigor 2862 router and armoured outdoor CAT6 cable.  This has allowed both W.H. Gittins & Sons and IPT to remotely monitor and manage the ground source heat installation on a 24-hour basis.

GeoCube is a British-manufactured ground source heat pump system that uses the latest refrigeration technology to absorb heat from the ground to provide sustainable heating and cooling.  Each unit can deliver four times the heat output for every kilowatt of electricity used to power it.

Ground source heat pump systems have been used to provide sustainable energy to homes and commercial buildings for over 60 years.  With the technology qualifying under the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, they also offer an attractive return on investment.

Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10


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Green Hydrogen is hydrogen produced by the electolysis of water (using an electric current to split water, H2O, into its component elements of hydrogen and oxygen).  If this electric current is produced by a renewable source - wind, solar, hydro or anaerobic digestion - the hydrogen produced is known as green hydrogen.  It is a clean energy source that does not emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - only water vapour - unlike coal and oil.   As the International Energy Agency (IEA) points out, this method of obtaining green hydrogen would save 830 million tonnes of CO2 that are emitted annually when this gas is produced using fossil fuels.

As with Anaerobic Digester plants and Ground Source Heat pumps, Green Hydrogen Plants have PCs, control panels and other devices that need to be connected to the Internet to allow 24/7 control, monitoring and technical support.  RuralTech can help with the required PCs, software configuration and broadband connectivity as well as data backup and cyber security to ensure the plant is fully operational day and night.  Talk to us today!



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