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CPI and University of Manchester research on succinic acid

The University of Manchester, and ADBA members the Centre for Process Innovation, will be working on an exciting new project to produce a valuable bioresource, succinic acid, from glycerol, a by-product of the biodiesel manufacturing process. Succinic acid (HOOC-(CH2)2-COOH) is a globally important chemical used in the manufacture…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, R&D, Ollie More, cpi, glycerol

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Get £10k free AD technical support

The Anaerobic Digestion Network has announced that the AD industry can now access £10k to support a research project. This is great news that should be taken advantage of by the industry. See all the details here. A good place to start in considering whether a project might be…

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Tags: R&D, AD network, anaerobic digestion, r&d funding

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Uncorking the chemical potential of wine waste (and olive oil waste)

Fantastic R&D project showing the future: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/10/grape-pomace-wine-waste-biorefinery  But often these projects seem to lack an economic analysis: what is the current market value (£/ tonne) of each of the bio-products? How large would the refinery have to be (tonnes product/ year…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, R&D, Ollie More, biogas, olive oil waste, wine waste

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New R&D funding available for AD crops: Agri-Tech and satellites for crops

Two new funding streams have been announced for the agricultural aspects of anaerobic digestion: "Using satellites to improve agricultural production" in funded by the Natural Resources Research Council. See the brief for this here. We understand that growing crops for AD falls within the scope of this funding. If you…

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Tags: R&D, r&d funding, crops, anaerobic digestion

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Hydrogen fuel cells from biogas project

The European Commission Horizon 2020 programme has announced funding for a project to use biogas from a sewage treatment works in Italy to produce hydrogen fuel cells for electricity generation. See further details here.  Hydrogen fuel cells could offer potentially to store energy and generation high efficiency power on site…

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New R&D funding available

The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Consortium, a public-private partnership led by the European Commission, has announced a further €106m of funding available for research and development in the bioeconomy sector. This is part of the €3.6bn euros to be made available up to 2020 (including €1bn…

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Tags: R&D, r&d funding, Ollie More, AD R&D

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: CPI launches project to produce biomethane from seaweed through AD

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that it is leading a £2.78 million UK based collaboration to help strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in industrial biotechnology.  The three year project - ‘SeaGas’ - is working on producing biomethane from seaweed…

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Tags: member's press release, cpi, biomethane, seaweed, seagas, crown estate, cefas, sams, queen’s university belfast, newcastle university, manufacturing catapult, R&D, national grid, biogas, bbsrc, EPSRC, industrial biotechnology catalyst, steve broome, merlin goldman, innovate uk, prof mike cowling, biotechnology, Derek Sivyer, Ollie More

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New research on how farm-based digestate should be stored

New research by Rothamsted and the University of Milan has looked at ammonia emissions from farm-based digestate: these can increase by separating the liquid and solid fractions of digestate, depending on how the liquid fraction is then stored.  See more here. Ammonia emissions cause global warming and also reduce…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, R&D, Ollie More, digestate, biogas, anaerobic digestion

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Cacti for biogas? New research tackles a prickly issue

The New Scientist has published an article on using cacti for biogas. Mike Mason, an academic from Oxford University who attended ADBA's R&D Forum in April, suggests that the 300 million hectares of underused semi-arid land in the world could be used for the production of cacti, which…

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Tags: cacti, R&D, r&d dissemination, anaerobic digestion, Africa

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Three research projects on seaweed/macroalgae for AD

A research paper has just been published on using seaweed for biofuels, including for biomethane production. Professor Jerry D Murphy of University College Cork and others conducted the research "to assess the effect of ensiling of seaweed (5 species) on  biomethane production." The results can be found here. Much…

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Tags: R&D, r&d dissemination, Ollie More, innovate uk, seaweed, macroalgae, research

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New EU and UK funding available for energy R&D projects

We have been informed of new funding available from the European Commission and UK Government on energy research and development. See here for all the details. Anaerobic digestion and biogas projects can apply under the energy streams of the various funding calls, with the amount of funding available in the…

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Tags: R&D, r&d funding, EU Commission, EU, Horizon 2020

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New European Commission research on phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge

The European Union's research and innovation unit are conducting research on 10 new technologies that can extract phosphorus from sewage sludge. Currently only 2,000-3,000 tonnes of struvite (a phosphorus-rich mineral) are produced in the EU each year, while sewage sludge contains the potential to supply 20% of the EU's phosphorus…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, Ollie More, phosphate, phosphorous, phosphorus, R&D

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Anaerobic Digestion Network (ADNet) award proof of concept funding

The Anaerobic Digestion Network (ADNet) - a network of academic and industrial partners which ADBA is part of - has awarded three grants to researchers focussing on different aspects of the AD process. Each aspect is really exciting in themselves - but it is also of value to the industry…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, R&D, digestate, anaerobic digestion, biogas

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£1m funding per project available from Agri-Tech Catalyst

Innovate UK have announced the latest round of funding available to innovation projects in the agricultural sector as part of the Agri-Tech catalyst. Projects in the following funding categories may be eligible for funding: Primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture Non-food uses of crops including ornamentals Food security…

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Tags: R&D, Ollie More, Agri Tech, crop operators, biogas, anaerobic digestion, r&d funding

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European Commission recognises opportunity to cut carbon in food production through AD

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a detailed report on the carbon footprint of food production, specifically recognising that anaerobic digestion on farms and food production sites can play a significant role in making food supply chains more sustainable. You can read the full report…

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Tags: Europe, European Commission, joint research centre, JRC, EBA, biogas, biomethane, Matt Hindle, on farm ad, digestate, R&D, Defra, renewable financial incentives, crop operators, food waste, farming, arable farming, livestock, fertilisers, Waste, onsite AD

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