Tag: UK

Mothballing Ensus puts pressure on exporters to sell more UK wheat abroad

Mothballing Ensus puts pressure on exporters to sell more UK wheat abroad

March 26, 2015 |

In the UK, the Home Grown Cereals Agency has cut its estimates for domestic wheat demand by 296,000 metric tons in part due to the temporary mothballing of Ensus. As a result, there’s more pressure on the country to export half a million tons of wheat—a level not seen since 2008—in order to not build […]

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Greenergy receives RSB sustainability certification for UK biodiesel

Greenergy receives RSB sustainability certification for UK biodiesel

March 23, 2015 |

In the UK, Greenergy has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ sustainability certification for its production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. In addition to operating two biodiesel manufacturing facilities in Immingham and North Cave, Greenergy currently supplies more than a quarter of the UK’s road fuel. The company’s pre-processing enables the use of a […]

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UK politicians blame government for lack of renewable adoption

UK politicians blame government for lack of renewable adoption

March 16, 2015 |

In the UK, parliamentarians are in agreement that political will, rather than money or technology, is holding back the UK’s renewable energy sector. Senior officials from each of the four key political parties agreed that for widespread renewable adoption, emphasis needs to be on raising awareness of the benefits of renewable energy amongst the public, […]

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European rapeseed prices supported by weak Euro and higher biodiesel demand

European rapeseed prices supported by weak Euro and higher biodiesel demand

March 12, 2015 |

In the UK, biodiesel demand is at last picking up, helping to support European rapeseed oil prices while soy oil prices were also higher. A weaker Euro is helping to support prices as well. Malaysian oil prices snapped a five-day losing streak as prices moved higher in line with European counterparts.

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Whiskey-based ethanol maker Celtic Renewables gets new investment

Whiskey-based ethanol maker Celtic Renewables gets new investment

March 12, 2015 |

In the UK, Celtic Renewables, the world’s first company to produce biofuel capable of powering cars from residues of the whisky industry, has received GBP500,000 in a new round of investment, taking its valuation to GBP10million. The company has announced investment worth GBP250,000 from the Scottish Investment Bank. The investment arm of Scottish enterprise, with […]

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Imperial College researchers use CT scans to see how to boost biofuel yields in trees

Imperial College researchers use CT scans to see how to boost biofuel yields in trees

March 11, 2015 |

In the UK, Imperial College researchers have used medical imaging techniques to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields. Using micro-CT scans, the team showed that the trees respond to being tilted by producing a sugar-rich, gelatinous fibre, which helps them stay upright.

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Bangor University says miscanthus the way to go while other feedstocks are bad

Bangor University says miscanthus the way to go while other feedstocks are bad

March 5, 2015 |

In the UK, in a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best inefficient options for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, per hectare of land used and per £ public subsidy required. At […]

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Demand for UK wheat and rapeseed oil seen falling on EU parliament vote

Demand for UK wheat and rapeseed oil seen falling on EU parliament vote

February 26, 2015 |

In the UK, the vote earlier this week by the European Parliament’s ENVI committee could have a negative impact on British rapeseed and wheat prices if the Council and European Commission agree to the 6% cap on first generation biofuels. About 2.2 million metric tons of wheat are used for ethanol production while up to […]

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UK company commercializes solid ethanol for lighting fires anywhere

UK company commercializes solid ethanol for lighting fires anywhere

February 19, 2015 |

In the UK, FireDragon is a lightweight, environmentally friendly and waterproof solid cooking and fire lighting fuel made from ethanol, used by outdoor enthusiasts and the military alike to light fires, cook food, and boil water in all weather conditions. The solid fuel blocks are quick and easy to ignite even when wet, and also […]

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UK announces R&D funding for biotech including biofuels

UK announces R&D funding for biotech including biofuels

February 17, 2015 |

In the UK, Business Secretary Vince Cable has unveiled the winners of a multi-million-pound competition to bring innovative UK biotechnology projects to market. A total of 23 projects, ranging from making biofuel from household waste to using bacteria to make the building blocks for new medicines, will share almost GBP20 million from the BBSRC-supported Industrial […]

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