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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 101, August 2020

Category: feedstocks
Published: 13/08/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Growing crops for bioenergy such that they can be competitive with petroleum feedstocks requires plant efficiency in dry matter accumulation and high overall productivity, as well as resilience to factors typically affecting growth. To this end, crops can be genetically modified to produce higher yields or require less expenditure during their growth. In the US, the Department of Energy has announced funding of $68 million over the next five years for research into the variety of factors that influence crop growth for several common bioenergy crops. One of these, and perhaps less well studied in Europe is pennycress.
Pennycress, a relative to canola (or rapeseed) can be used for food, animal feed and bioenergy. It has a range of useful attributes that make it an ideal crop, as both a cash and cover crop. As it is a hardy plant, it can..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • China to ban solid waste imports from next year
  • Commitment to biobased public buildings in France
  • Circular economy plans for UK waste
  • US funding for bioenergy crop research​


  • Grant to increase the use of waste wood in the US
  • Contract extended to 2025 between Drax and GB Railfreight
  • Latest grain market report​

Research & Development

  • Danish researchers consider clover grass to replace soy
  • Collaboration for tree growth monitoring
  • Grant allows research on pennycress
  • Compostable bags no threat to compost quality​

Wood & Crop

  • Geminor starts UK import as the waste wood market reverses
  • Pellet plant in Belarus​

Other Feedstocks

  • Norwegians identify the UK for tyre pyrolysis plants
  • Carbon recycling project launched
  • 1 million tonnes of waste avoids landfill in Wales​


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