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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 77, August 2018

Category: bioenergy
Published: 24/08/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


We begin with news from one of our commercial partners Amur Energy. We have collaborated with Amur to develop a number of services for Anaerobic Digestion plant operators, as we continue to demonstrate AD’s viability as a source of renewable energy. However, AD is not necessarily a simple process, it requires rigorous knowledge of how the plant’s proposed feedstocks will interact with the AD process, as contaminations can cause death of the microorganisms in the digester, inhibiting the biogas production process. Analysis of factors influencing biogas production used to be a lengthy process, taking up to a month to deliver results, but now Amur have introduced an inhibition test that can produce results in just 24 hours, allowing the process of managing and maintaining a healthy AD system to be greatly accelerated for plant operators. Amur’s inhibition test runs alongside their “Bullet BMP” test, which uses spectral analysis to determine the biomethane potential of a plant’s feedstocks, producing results in just.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • UK Consultation on domestic wood burning
  • 2019 CfD auction likely to be held in May​


  • Unplanned outages don't dent Drax finances
  • Further UK biomass capacity growth "unlikely"
  • Refinancing of biomass plants
  • E.ON customers with Electric Vehicles to receive cashback on bills​

Research & Development

  • NIC back renewables for UK Industrial Strategy
  • Implementation plan for bioenergy innovation​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Drax to upgrade turbines at biomass plant
  • Greenalia to develop biomass plant in Spain
  • Apetit to power oilseed milling plant with biomass
  • Gas from Drax's CCS to be sold to brewers​


  • AD industry's fastest inhibition test
  • Plan to keep plastic out of digestate and compost
  • Isle of Wight AD plant bought by Foresight​

Energy from Waste

  • Two new Welsh waste and energy plants in the pipeline


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