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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 118, January 2022

Category: feedstocks
Published: 13/01/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock and Biorefining sector.

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Food-derived organic solid waste streams pose a problem due to their continuous high volumes, and due to the environmental issues they cause when not disposed of correctly. Improper disposal of food waste can lead to methane emissions, when the waste is left to rot in landfills for example, or can lead to bioactive compounds being released within ecosystems, hence disturbing wildlife. Recently, however, the biorefinery potential of multiple of these streams has been brought to the fore, solving the environmental issue that they created and offering an opportunity to valorise residues for the production of energy and biobased products.

Bread waste, which remains a waste management issue in Europe, has been found to be a valuable substrate for the production of lactic acid, a high-value precursor for the manufacture of biobased products. The lactic acid is obtained through saccharification and fermentation by thermophilic bacteria. Research in now looking into optimising conditions to increase yield. In addition, this same process also leads to the production of valuable biogas which can then be used for bioenergy purposes...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Nigerian Government creates committee to boost Sorghum production for industrial use
  • £26M for biomass innovation projects in the UK
  • RTRS presents its new Standards for Soy & Corn Responsible Production


  • Covid quarantine of sea freight crews boosts Asian UCO prices
  • DRAX subsidiary acquires contracts to supply 2.8 million tonnes of biomass to third parties

Research & Development

  • Bioproduction of 2-Phenylethanol through yeast fermentation on agro-industrial waste
  • A review on lignocellulosic biomass yield modelling and the bioenergy potential from marginal land
  • Valorisation of tomato residues by supercritical fluid extraction

Wood & Crop

  • Texas A&M AgriLife, partners achieve stable transformation in industrial hemp
  • Oil produced from Ghana cocoa bean for potential industrial applications 


  • Surfactants in biorefineries: Role, challenges & perspectives
  • Sulzer’s technology converting bamboo into bioethanol in pioneering Indian bio-refinery
  • More...


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