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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 96, March 2020

Category: feedstocks
Published: 12/03/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

Waste can provide a valuable feedstock for a variety of industries, be it bioenergy or chemicals. Post-consumer plastic waste is such an example and there are technologies which enable it to be chemically recycled – converting it into useful raw materials, like various monomers and oligomers which can be used for the chemical industry and perhaps to create new plastics. Recycling Technologies is a Swindon-based company which converts non-recyclable plastics into ‘Plaxx’, a crude oil equivalent suitable for new plastic production. Renewable diesel company Neste and Mirova, a sustainable investment manager, have jointly invested €10 million so that Recycling Technologies can build this technology commercially in Scotland. Neste also plans to use Plaxx, and from 2030, process 1 million tonnes of plastic as a raw material for new products.
A recent article in Biomass Magazine discusses ..........

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • Biomass Heat Works! Lobbying
  • Biomass conversions excluded from CfD proposal​

Markets

  • Drax secures capacity payments but questions over future for coal units
  • Grain and oilseed markets
  • Waste biorefinery for Gevo
  • Corn ethanol increasing​

Research & Development

  • Grant to study Sorghum
  • Business models for biomass sector
  • Biochemical production improvements​

Wood & Crop

  • Cars made of kenaf
  • Drying hemp has multiple considerations
  • Forest and biomass power not counterintuitive
  • High standards at Drax​

Other Feedstocks

  • Drax to stop coal use ahead of deadline
  • Chemical recycling receives investment
  • Seaweed take away boxes​

Events

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