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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 125, August 2022

Category: bioenergy
Published: 19/08/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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Within the UK’s Hydrogen Strategy published in August 2021, it states low carbon hydrogen will be vital in achieving net-zero, and by 2050, hydrogen could account for up to 35% of final UK energy consumption. The Department for BEIS analysis suggests, with considerable uncertainty due to numerous assumptions, that biomass gasification with CCS could provide up to 20% of total hydrogen production in 2050 in the UK. Further, the UK’s Net-Zero Strategy contains the goal of annually removing 5 million tonnes of CO2 through BECCS and direct air capture by 2030; and recent government activity shows development and support in all areas aforementioned.

BEIS has recently provided funding totalling £5 million, across over 20 companies – either start-ups or small/medium enterprises – to allow them to build robust proposals for creative, commercially viable hydrogen BECCS technologies, under Phase 1 of the Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme. The proposed solutions fall under three categories: feedstock pre-processing, gasification components, and novel biohydrogen technologies... 

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Cepi welcomes EU Parliament’s ITRE Committee vote on a revised Renewable Energy Directive
  • European Commission approves Italian scheme to increase biomethane production


  • Biogas firm Nature Energy draws takeover interest from Shell, BP and BlackRock
  • Drax acquisition of 90,000 tonnes Canadian pellet plant
  • More...

Research & Development

  • A study for a new way to produce biomethane
  • Consortium of Levidian and United Utilities win BEIS funding to explore biogas-to-hydrogen system
  • More...

Biomass Heat and Power

  • NTPC co-fires 77,000 tonnes of biomass at 14 plants
  • EUROAPI invests to build a state-of-the-art biomass boiler in France


  • Weltec Biopower builds its first biogas plant in Taiwan
  • Anaergia to build one of Japan’s largest cow manure to renewable energy facilities
  • Bloom Energy’s dairy farm installation receives national recognitions

Energy from Waste

  • Anaergia to supply a food waste treatment system in a Singapore waste management facility
  • Tilbury EfW plans

Carbon Capture

  • Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme Phase 1: successful projects
  • Drax formally submits plans to build world’s largest carbon capture and storage project
  • Open consultation business model for power bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (Power BECCS)


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