Tag: UK

UK and French researchers make cellulosic biofuel breakthrough

UK and French researchers make cellulosic biofuel breakthrough

September 23, 2014 |

In the UK and France, manufacturing biofuels from food crop by-products such as straw could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to the work of scientists in the UK and France. Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down […]

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UK researchers call for policies to support biofuels at UN Climate Summit

UK researchers call for policies to support biofuels at UN Climate Summit

September 23, 2014 |

In the UK, as heads of government, business, and finance gather in New York for the annual United Nations Climate Summit September 23, University of Sheffield researchers back the economic benefits of global action on climate change verses the cost of inaction. Research at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), suggests there are a […]

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Frost & Sullivan says higher vehicles sales driving biofuel consumption

Frost & Sullivan says higher vehicles sales driving biofuel consumption

September 16, 2014 |

In the UK, increasing sales of commercial and passenger vehicles, especially flex-fuel vehicles that allow end users to choose customised biofuel-fossil fuel blends, are expected to drive the consumption of automotive biofuels around the globe. The enforcement of higher biofuel percentage blend mandates will spur use of solutions higher than the standard E10 ethanol blend, […]

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Celtic Renewables wins top award for whisky by-product biobutanol

Celtic Renewables wins top award for whisky by-product biobutanol

September 15, 2014 |

In Scotland, Celtic Renewables won the top motor industry sustainability award for their technology, which produces biobutanol from whisky byproducts. The company received the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s Low Carbon Champion award last week. Celtic Renewables is a spin-out company from the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University which converts two key by-products of […]

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REA announces manifesto for UK renewable energy as transition nears

REA announces manifesto for UK renewable energy as transition nears

September 15, 2014 |

In the UK, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has announced a blueprint for the UK’s next government with key “manifesto asks” including clear, stable policy for all forms of renewable energy. The manifesto hopes to outline a plan for the next government of the UK as the nation strives to meet its 2020 renewable energy […]

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UK’s renewable energy lobby sets requirements for political parties ahead of election

UK’s renewable energy lobby sets requirements for political parties ahead of election

September 8, 2014 |

In the UK, leading renewable energy trade bodies have come together to launch a series of “tests” for the political parties to encourage them to support renewable energy ahead of the next election. The six key tests laid out by the grouping are: 1. Support the Climate Change Act to keep us on course to […]

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Breakthrough or No Breakthrough? As UK research team reports progress toward renewable propane, global media goes gaga

Breakthrough or No Breakthrough? As UK research team reports progress toward renewable propane, global media goes gaga

September 4, 2014 |

If you look this week in your Google News alerts, you’ll see an awful lot of breathless headlines around a meme something like “Researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E.coli to generate renewable propane”. Reuters, Gizmodo, the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the massively distributed HuffPost, the Guardian, even stately NBC News have picked up the […]

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Make high-value microbes from biomass at biorefineries, say researchers

Make high-value microbes from biomass at biorefineries, say researchers

September 3, 2014 |

In the UK, researchers writing in AMB Express say that “Microbial biomass itself constitutes an obvious but overlooked by-product of existing biofermentation systems,” adding that “Microbial biotechnology and biotransformations promise to diversify the scope of the biorefinery approach for the production of high-value products and biofuels from industrial, rural and municipal waste feedstocks.” Authors Claire […]

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Aquafuel algae fuel to be used to power electric Grand Prix series

Aquafuel algae fuel to be used to power electric Grand Prix series

August 27, 2014 |

In the UK, Aquafuel’s algae fuel will be used to power the world’s first electric Grand Prix series showcasing zero emission technologies. Formula E’s sustainability manger Julia Pallé told BusinessGreen the championship organizers have signed a deal with U.K. startup Aquafuel to supply generators powered by glycerine, a byproduct of biodiesel that also can be […]

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Greenergy’s Immingham biodiesel plant running at 98% efficiency

Greenergy’s Immingham biodiesel plant running at 98% efficiency

August 20, 2014 |

In the UK, Greenergy has invested £63 million in repairs and upgrades following a tidal surge that devastated its UCO biodiesel facility at the Port of Immingham six months ago. The plant is back up and running at 98% efficiency. Upgrades included installation of a biomass plant and installation of a wastewater treatment process.  

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