Tag: UK

Belfast researcher develops method using dirty aluminum foil as biofuel catalyst

Belfast researcher develops method using dirty aluminum foil as biofuel catalyst

July 26, 2017 |

In the UK, a researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminum foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. The researcher worked with engineers at the university to create an innovative crystallization method, which obtains 100% pure single crystals of aluminum salts […]

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Poor UK wheat harvest may see next imports for second year running

Poor UK wheat harvest may see next imports for second year running

July 20, 2017 |

In the UK, this year’s wheat harvest looks to be similar to last year’s of around 14.4 million metric tons that not only was the lowest in three years but also prompted wheat imports despite being the EU’s third-largest grower. That was only the fourth time the UK was a net importer during the past […]

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Expansion of UK on-site biogas hindered by lack of policy framework

Expansion of UK on-site biogas hindered by lack of policy framework

July 18, 2017 |

In the UK, policy barriers to on-site biogas production and use in heavy duty vehicle fleets are key challenges that need to be overcome before the technology becomes wider spread, especially for supermarket chains looking to capture value from food waste. But even without policies in place, some projects are seeing a 14% to 20% […]

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UK Report Says Use Waste, Not Crops, for Biofuels

UK Report Says Use Waste, Not Crops, for Biofuels

July 15, 2017 |

In the UK, a new report from the UK government encourages biofuel production from waste and not crops or plants in order to reduce carbon emissions. The report brings up the age old question of which biofuels produce lower emissions than fossil fuels and which ones are actually worse. It focuses on ensuring use of […]

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UK’s Arriva to add 18 biodiesel trains to Netherlands routes by 2020

UK’s Arriva to add 18 biodiesel trains to Netherlands routes by 2020

July 12, 2017 |

In the UK, Arriva has been awarded an extension of its rail operation concession in the Northern Netherlands and neighboring German communities into 2035 with promises to power 18 new trains with biodiesel beginning in 2020 when the current concession ends. The move is part of a long-term strategy to achieve emission-free electric transport. The […]

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Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

July 10, 2017 |

In the UK, Celtic Renewables Ltd set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel. Biobutanol is produced from draff – the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production – and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid […]

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Network Rail and Bio-Bean Ramp Up Coffee Grounds Collection to Power Trains

Network Rail and Bio-Bean Ramp Up Coffee Grounds Collection to Power Trains

July 8, 2017 |

In the UK, Network Rail and Bio-Bean are expanding their coffee grounds to biofuel initiative to include two new stations in Bristol and Reading. By the end of this year, they plan to have coffee ground collections in place nationwide at all their rail stations. Since launch in 2015, they have prevented an estimated 5,500 […]

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Despite Abengoa’s collapse, EU ethanol production seen reaching record highs

Despite Abengoa’s collapse, EU ethanol production seen reaching record highs

June 29, 2017 |

In the UK, European ethanol production is ramping back up with gusto thanks to Ensus and Vivergo back online but beet and corn-based ethanol production are also seen helping the trade block reach a record high of nearly 6.3 billion liters this year. Abengoa’s collapse last year that saw production region-wide fall to nine-year lows […]

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Velocys pivots from “FT tech co” to “renewable fuels company”, eyes California

Velocys pivots from “FT tech co” to “renewable fuels company”, eyes California

June 26, 2017 |

In the UK, Velocys CEO David Pummell said that “Our new strategy is for Velocys to be at the heart of building plants that convert woody biomass to high specification renewable diesel and jet fuel for the US market, our primary focus market. We have a world class, proven technology and highly skilled operations and […]

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Ethanol demand turns UK into net wheat importer for fourth time in 25 years

Ethanol demand turns UK into net wheat importer for fourth time in 25 years

June 22, 2017 |

In the UK, wheat demand to supply CropEnergies’ Ensus ethanol plant brought back online last year has turned the country into a net importer of wheat for only the fourth time in the past 25 years. Last year’s smaller-than-normal crop has contributed to the shift to net importation with stocks seen closing the current season […]

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