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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 98, May 2020

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/05/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

Last month was a good one for renewables. Electricity generation in the UK has been breaking records left right and centre – solar generation hit a new high only a few weeks ago and February had the lowest CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed. On 28th April, the National Grid reported a new record for the longest period of coal-free electricity generation, reaching 438 hours straight without the coal generator fired up. Granted, the combined sunny and windy weather and the reduced demand as a result of the coronavirus is likely to have played some part, but this is still great progress towards decarbonisation of the electricity grid. The carbon intensity of the electricity system has halved over the last five years and we’ve seen an even larger drop of almost 60% if we go back to 2013. Despite this success, biomass power reliant on the global pellet market could run into some difficulties over the next year or so, as a result of..........

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • The future for renewable heating
  • European approval for insect protein expected
  • Two US states move away from biomass​

Markets

  • Covid-19 impact on biomass may extend into 2020/21
  • New renewables record set
  • Biomass power bids subdued in Germany
  • Slowdown results in delayed investment by Drax​

Research & Development

  • Research into woody biomass - incentivising bioenergy can increase sequestration
  • EU investment in European agriculture and the bioeconomy
  • Researchers look to fava beans as non-soy protein source​

Wood & Crop

  • Polish plant Valmet switches to biomass
  • Plant protein growth and newcomers
  • Enviva work on new US export terminal continues​

Other Feedstocks

  • ‘Shoddy' makes a return to the UK through recycling
  • Synthetic Palm oil through Bioscience raises Malaysian backlash​

Events

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