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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 67, October 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 16/10/2017
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Growing crops is all well and good, but unless there is a profitable end-market for those crops, it can prove costly for the grower: not only are there the unit costs of production, but any surplus must either be stored or disposed of, both of which incur further costs. Thus, it always pays to find a new market opportunity for crops, and the bioeconomy has the capacity to provide many such opportunities. This has led to some intriguing end-uses for crops (normally detailed in our Biobased Products News Review), but this month sees some interesting stories regarding the development of crops for bioeconomy use.
Biofuels are probably the most widely-known use for crops in the bioeconomy, certainly as far as the layman is concerned. But with the ever-fervent land use debate continuing, crops must be continually developed and improved to increase...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK Government publishes Clean Growth strategy
  • China seeks to reduce corn stocks by producing bioethanol​


  • Small number of major players dictates pellet market

Research & Development

  • Over $20m US grant includes funding for Florida feedstock crop development
  • US Dept. of Energy grant aims to improve sorghum for bioenergy
  • Brown seaweed removes arsenic from drinking water
  • Novel process for jet fuel from eucalyptus
  • US researchers seek to improve biofuel yield of switchgrass
  • New enzyme isolated for rapid hydrolysis of crystalline cellulose​

Wood & Crop

  • Above average wheat yields in the UK
  • Looking to boost oil output of camelina
  • Bioplastics still have low land-use demand
  • Dandelion rubber used for bike tyres
  • Verdo sells pellet plant to Arensis​

Other Feedstocks

  • UK's residual waste treatment has shown significant growth
  • UK's 2016 waste-derived fuel exports expected to exceed 3m tonnes
  • Biocoal to be tested as blast furnace feedstock​


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