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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 81, December 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/12/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


When one is utilising biomass in industrial processes, it is all well and good having a well-developed technology, a business model, and a sustainable feedstock supply, but if your supply chain is in any way disrupted, then the whole process comes crashing down. This has been the case for biorefiners situated along the river Rhine this month, as low water levels have dramatically reduced traffic along the river, limiting both the feedstock input and output of biorefineries along the river. This is just one example of how freak occurrences can disrupt industrial processes, and in a relatively young sector these effects can be significant. Understanding possible supply chains is essential for the development of any industry, and in another river-based story this month, that is the intention of the newly launched Energy Barge project. This project is aiming to.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • CEPI criticises European Commission's guidance on cascading use of wood
  • EU agrees market access for organic and recycled fertilisers
  • Visions for 2050's "bio-society"
  • UK publishes bioeconomy strategy​


  • Low water-level on Rhine affecting rapeseed oil market
  • Oil demand expected to continue to rise, according to IEA
  • £2m private investment in Terravesta
  • The Energy revolution - stocktake
  • UK MGT power plant behind schedule​

Research & Development

  • New research suggests available EU biomass could triple
  • Seaweed biorefinery opens
  • Energy Barge project set to map European biomass flow​

Wood & Crop

  • Stora Enso increasing capacity at wood pulp plant
  • UK's first national farm waste collection service
  • Poyry to develop Estonian torrified biomass plant
  • Wood silo fire at Scottish biomass plant
  • Starch crop alternatives for Nigeria
  • Slovakia halts use of quality wood for bioenergy to address deforestation problems​


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