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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 69, December 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 18/12/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Vivergo are one of the largest bioeconomy companies in the UK, and a huge contributor to the UK biofuels market. Since their primary feedstock to produce bioethanol is wheat, they also provide a significant market for UK wheat. Understandably, the news that Vivergo are closing their plant in East Yorkshire for maintenance - both earlier and for longer than anticipated – has created uncertainty in the UK wheat market, particularly in the North-East region. Fortunately, no immediate effects have been felt, but this will remain a subject of interest for some time, as Vivergo may wait for a more favourable bioethanol price before fully resuming...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • £40m set aside for UK farming grants
  • Environment Agency announces consultation on charges
  • BEIS announces investment in low-carbon industry​


  • UK wheat prices hold despite Vivergo shutdown
  • Canada sees surge in pellet exports​

Research & Development

  • Preventing Carbon Monoxide in pellet storage
  • Analysis of plastic contaminants in Scottish digestate
  • BIOFOREVER project to demonstrate feasibility of wood-to-chemicals conversion
  • Yorkshire businessman develops closed-loop recycling system
  • Conversion of biomass into "coal" for energy​

Wood & Crop

  • Interactive map shows world's available croplands
  • Yorkshire pellet delivery service sees success
  • AHDB predicts decline in UK wheat area

Other Feedstocks

  • Ørsted applies for second waste recovery plant
  • Annual WRAP Food Waste report published
  • Dutch invest in UK biocoal technology
  • China derives chitosan fibres from crustacean shells​


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