Tag: United Kingdom

Nova Pangaea Technologies completes successful E10 biofuel trial on motorcycle

Nova Pangaea Technologies completes successful E10 biofuel trial on motorcycle

November 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Nova Pangaea Technologies successfully developed and trialed its first E10 fuel on a motorcycle at its headquarters in Redcar, UK. The trial featured Nova Pangaea’s process, REFNOVA, which converts 2nd generation non-food feedstocks such as woody and agricultural residues into valuable products for biofuels, biochemicals and biopolymers. The fuel was produced […]

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Miscanthus can contribute to UK net zero targets via bioenergy, biofuels

Miscanthus can contribute to UK net zero targets via bioenergy, biofuels

November 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Terravesta reports that Jonathan Scurlock, chief adviser, renewable energy and climate change for the National Farmers Union, believes Miscanthus can contribute significantly to UK net zero targets and be a feedstock supply for bioenergy, biobased materials, biofuels. “The NFU expects growth in land use for perennial energy crops like Miscanthus to […]

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New membrane could pave way for cheap, efficiently made biofuels

New membrane could pave way for cheap, efficiently made biofuels

November 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Livingston Group at Imperial College London in collaboration with bp developed a membrane-based extraction system which uses less than 25 percent of the energy of current processes and produces ten times more biofuel with over 99.5 percent purity. In their labs at Imperial, researchers investigated the performance of several thin-film composite […]

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Time for the steak harvest? Molecular farming looks to produce animal proteins in plants

Time for the steak harvest? Molecular farming looks to produce animal proteins in plants

November 16, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Moolec Science is looking to “molecular farm” by coaxing crops to create animal proteins. The company believes that by leveraging the scale of agriculture, the company can create meat more effectively than emerging cultured meat processes.  “Molecular farming is not yet a fully explored technology in the alternative protein space,” says  […]

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Berkeley Bandit: Sportscar that never was returns with a biobased twist

Berkeley Bandit: Sportscar that never was returns with a biobased twist

November 9, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, a short-lived sportscar whose cost of design was the death knell for its maker more than 60 years ago is being resurrected as an electric vehicle with renewable components. According to the Robb Report, minor automaker Berkeley Cars had expected the Bandit to turn it into a household sportscar name, but […]

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Sustainability veteran joins board of pea-based plastic startup

Sustainability veteran joins board of pea-based plastic startup

October 26, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, a University of Cambridge spinout making single-use plastic out of pea proteins has appointed a Unilever sustainability veteran as chairman. Jeff Seabright, who worked for the consumer goods giant from 2014-2019 and later cofounded sustainability consulting  firm IMAGINE, has joined Xampla’s board to help the company bring its biodegradable plastic to […]

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Enjoy sustainable self-care with coconut fiber spa slippers

Enjoy sustainable self-care with coconut fiber spa slippers

October 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, spa supplier BC Softwear has introduced 100% biodegradable slippers made from coir, a soft, fuzzy fiber obtained from the outer husk of coconuts. The slippers are available in cream cotton or jute and can be recycled or tossed with food waste. Bamford, a luxury spa chain, has already put in an […]

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PETA birthday gift meant to pressure Sophia Loren to swear off fur

PETA birthday gift meant to pressure Sophia Loren to swear off fur

September 28, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Peta U.K. and sustainable fashion brand Stella McCartney have sent Sophia Loren a biobased fur coat for her 86th birthday—with the hopes that the gift will push the actress and glamor icon to “choose compassion” and swear off animal-based fur fashion. The coat was made from KOBA, a biobased faux fur […]

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Lightweight flax fiber seats give Formula One team an edge

Lightweight flax fiber seats give Formula One team an edge

August 24, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Formula One racing major McLaren is using a natural fiber composite in the seats of its competition car. Developed in collaboration with Bcomp, the flax fiber seat composite provides the requisite strength and low weight for a race car while creating 75% less carbon dioxide to make. Other attributes include vibration […]

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Coffee pod makers go big on compostable bioplastic

Coffee pod makers go big on compostable bioplastic

August 24, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, compostable bioplastics maker Biome Technologies says it has received its largest order ever. Valued at just over half a million, the company’s heat-stable materials will be used in coffee pod applications for an “existing major client” in the United States. The materials are due to be delivered within 8 weeks. “We […]

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