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  • Green gold: Turning Feedstocks into Cash

    12 May 2016

    We all know that reliance on oil is unsustainable and over time its use will become less and less economically viable. Through the application of biotechnology to both enhance feedstock characteristics and improve biorefining routes, we are now able to circumnavigate our dependence on dwindling fossil fuel reserves and convert a wide range of feedstocks into a plethora of high value bio-based products. Biotechnology is a rapidly evolving, interdisciplinary and collaborative subject, requiring many skill sets. For any biotech industry to succeed, an integrated plant-to-product approach has to be implemented.

  • NNFCC publishes third annual ‘AD Deployment in the UK’ report

    20 Apr 2016

    Press release - 20th April 2016, York. NNFCC have published their 3rd annual report on ‘Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Deployment in the United Kingdom’. The report is available to buy either outright or as part of a business support package.

  • NNFCC publishes recommendations to kick start bioeconomy innovation in the UK

    29 Mar 2016

    We have published a feature article in Biofpr journal, reviewing the current status of UK bioeconomy innovation, highlighting barriers and making recommendations to enhance growth and competitiveness. We have also published the full analysis on our website.

  • Producing green gas: pathways to profitable and sustainable anaerobic digestion

    29 Mar 2016

    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is an efficient organic waste management option that simultaneously produces biomethane, a versatile source of bioenergy that replaces fossil fuels, and biofertiliser. Whilst AD has been practised for centuries, and is widespread in rural China, it is only over the past decade that there has been an explosion in the deployment of AD across Europe to meet renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) targets. UK deployment of AD is being driven by financial incentives for renewable electricity (feed-in-tariffs) and renewable heat (renewable heat incentive), and by a tax on landfill that is diverting organic waste to alternative treatments. But the economic and environmental performance of AD is strongly dependent on plant size, the type of substrate digested, use of the biomethane and management of the biofertiliser.

  • NNFCC urge bioenergy stakeholders to respond to RHI Consultation

    22 Mar 2016

    At the beginning of March, the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the release of a consultation on potential reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which will be open until 27th April 2016. NNFCC urge anyone potentially affected, in the biomass and renewable heat sector, to let their voice be heard by responding to DECCs proposals.

  • GE Chosen to Build World’s Largest Commercial Biomass-Fired Power Plant

    25 Feb 2016
    • GE Combines Technology from the GE Store to Provide Overall Design, Engineering and Construction of BEE’s New Plant in Ghent, Belgium
    • Project is Powered by Wood Chips and Agro Residues and Will Generate Approximately 215 Megawatts of Cleaner Energy for Industry and Nearby Households Reaching over 60 Percent Efficiency When Operating in Cogeneration Mode
    • District Heating System to Produce Approximately 110 Megawatts of Thermal Energy 
  • Government must "urgently review" Levy Control Framework to encourage energy investment

    24 Feb 2016
    Energy UK, the trade association for the UK energy industry, has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), in order to provide clear signals to both companies and investors.
  • UK “must try harder” to boost renewables investment

    23 Feb 2016
    The UK must try harder to encourage investment in renewable energy, particularly in the remainder of 2016, according to the latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) from analysts EY

    In September last year, Britain dropped out of the top ten countries included in the index for the first time in 12 years since its inception, after a series of cuts to renewables subsidies and reduction of support from the Government. EY at the time labelled the UK's decision to cut support for the industry as "absurd". 

     

  • Sustainable Fuel Register to launch at Energy Now

    27 Jan 2016

    A new industry reporting scheme is set to allow tens of thousands of tonnes of previously unavailable biomass to be used in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) accredited projects. Crops for Energy (C4E) and Farm Energy Centre (FEC) have joined forces to operate a new scheme called the Sustainable Fuel Register (SFR).

  • Criticism of UK climate policy is “total, utter nonsense," says Cameron

    13 Jan 2016

    Appearing before the Commons Liaison Committee yesterday, the Prime Minister dismissed concerns that the Government is undermining action on climate change by cutting support for renewables. He insisted that the UK is “overachieving” against its carbon targets.

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