Tag: UK

Argent Energy scores $2.2 million for EU-funded UCO and waste fats biodiesel demo

Argent Energy scores $2.2 million for EU-funded UCO and waste fats biodiesel demo

August 23, 2016 |

In the UK, an international consortium led by Argent Energy has secured $2.2 million from Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot scheme under Horizon2020 to recover waste oil and fats and then demonstrate cheaper, better, faster biodiesel production. Argent Energy was the country’s first large-scale commercial biodiesel producer and uses tallow as well as used […]

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Celtic Renewables seeks planning permission for commercial-scale biobutanol plant

Celtic Renewables seeks planning permission for commercial-scale biobutanol plant

August 22, 2016 |

In the UK, Celtic Renewables has filed for planning permission to build a commercial-scale biobutanol facility from whiskey production waste streams in Grangemouth. Public consultations on the proposal will be held next month as part of the planning permission process. The Scottish town has long been the target for the company’s eventual scale up to […]

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European-funded Valor Plus project seeks to boost cellulosic biorefinery capacity

European-funded Valor Plus project seeks to boost cellulosic biorefinery capacity

August 9, 2016 |

In the UK, the Valor Plus project is providing new knowledge, new biotechnologies and new products that support the release, refinement and transformation of lignocellulosic biomass, lipids and low-volume functional chemicals to produce multiple bulk and high-value product streams. With funding from the EU FP7 program, the Valor Plus project consists of a strong consortium of […]

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UK biofuel consumption fell 9% during 2015/16

UK biofuel consumption fell 9% during 2015/16

August 8, 2016 |

In the UK, biofuel consumption fell 9% during 2015/16 to 1.522 billion liters with 52% coming from ethanol while 46% was made up of biodiesel, including FAME (fatty acid methyl esters), HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oils) and off-road biodiesel and the rest comprising biogas and biomethanol. Biodiesel consumption reached only 3% blending, compared to the 4.5% […]

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CropEnergies calls on EU to implement biofuel blending mandates post-2020

CropEnergies calls on EU to implement biofuel blending mandates post-2020

July 7, 2016 |

In the UK, as CropEnergies prepares to re-open its ethanol production facility in Wilton, it has called on the European Union to update its biofuels policy to ensure clarity in the market for both prices and policy support with specific targets for biofuel blending post-2020. Currently there are no targets for biofuels when the current […]

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UK UCO-based power company seeking funding to refinance equipment

UK UCO-based power company seeking funding to refinance equipment

June 28, 2016 |

In the UK, Abundance is running a peer-to-peer regulated investment scheme to source Living Power with £2.47 million in equity to refinance their bioliquid-power generators they use to supply the grid. The company uses UCO to power the generators, collected from around the country and through its sister company Living Fuels. The bonds have a […]

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Brexit: What does it mean for the advanced bioeconomy?

Brexit: What does it mean for the advanced bioeconomy?

June 24, 2016 |

In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “highly likely” that the SNP would seek a referendum on leaving […]

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Greenergy co-founder looking to cash out in a big way

Greenergy co-founder looking to cash out in a big way

June 21, 2016 |

In the UK, biodiesel company Greenergy has asked ING to look at various options for the company including a sale, something which is attracting the attention of rivals along with private equity funds like Carlyle and CVS who may be willing to part with as much as $733 million. Doing so would land the company’s […]

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ICCT report shows EU UCO collection under-utilized

ICCT report shows EU UCO collection under-utilized

June 16, 2016 |

In the UK, used cooking oil (UCO) is a low carbon feedstock for biodiesel production in the EU, but this resource is not fully utilized. While collection of UCO from restaurants and hotels is relatively widespread, only a few European countries have developed effective collection systems for UCO produced in homes. By far the most […]

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UK and Australian researchers discover how plants produce cellulose

UK and Australian researchers discover how plants produce cellulose

June 9, 2016 |

In the UK, scientists led by the University of Cambridge and the University of Melbourne have identified new steps in the way plants produce cellulose, the component of plant cell walls that provides strength, and forms insoluble fiber in the human diet. The findings could lead to improved production of cellulose and guide plant breeding […]

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