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Anaerobic Digestion and the water sector

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ADBA's Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, wrote the following editorial in Issue two of Water & Sewerage's 2015 magazine Anaerobic digestion is well known – and well established – in the UK’s wastewater treatment sector. But that doesn’t mean the sector has stopped developing: the drive…

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Tags: adba editorial, water and sewerage, water sector, wastewater, sewage, Renewables Obligation, uk ad & biogas 2015, DUKES, sludge, advanced anaerobic digestion, aad, thermal hydrolysis, enzymatic hydrolysis, pre-treatment, thames water, peter winter, Mohammed Saddiq, GENeco, bio-bus, biomethane, vehicles, air quality, R&D, university of bath, operational performance, digestate, phosphorous, biofertiliser, Derek Sivyer, Ollie More

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Can the R&D Hub help your business cope with a falling FIT? Access free academic support for SMEs

As Ofgem's FITs tariff tables show, the Feed-in Tariff is now 9.4 pence/ kWhe for 250-500 kWe plants. We already know it  will fall 10% on 1 October and a further ~10% on 1 April 2016, unless we can pursuade Government to make changes to the tariffs and degression mechanism in the review later…

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Tags: FIT, DECC, R&D, digestate, R&D Hub, Ollie More, biogas, anaerobic digestion

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Reduce costs, improve biogas yields, transform digestate: the R&D Hub has all the answers

This year's UK AD & Biogas will include an R&DHub for those keen to share ideas about how the AD sector can reduce capital and operating costs, improve biogas yields and transform the economics of the sector. We've selected the best researchers to tell us how…

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Tags: R&D, R&D Hub, trade show, Ollie More

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: New contract R&D facility for AeroThermal Group

AeroThermal Group, pioneers in developing innovative solutions from aerospace through to green energy from waste, announced today, Monday 27th April, that its new contract R&D Facility is now open to carry out comprehensive testing in Poole, Dorset. The laboratory specialises in the examination of the anaerobic biodegradation potential…

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Tags: member's press release, aerothermal group, aerospace, R&D, anaerobic biodegradation, dr nigel bailey, dr zhenjiang wang, biodigester, biomethane, ammonia nitrogen, nitrogen, Derek Sivyer

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New £50k funding available for algae for AD

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK are to invest £50,000 in early-stage R&D projects aimed at encouraging collaborations between the research community and industry. Algal-derived biofuels and bioenergy remains a nascent technology in the UK (see A UK Roadmap for Algal Technologies) and NERC is…

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Tags: R&D, Ollie More, innovate uk, bioresources, algae, anaerobic digestion, biogas, r&d funding

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AD can deliver 30% of the UK’s household gas demand

Speakers at the ADBA R&D Forum held in April discussed some of the new feedstocks which may become suitable for AD with technological advances. These include macroalgae (e.g. seaweed) grown or collected off the coast, microalgae grown using digestate, wetland biomass (reeds) and other high-lignin feedstocks, hydrogen …

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Tags: Ollie More, R&D, biogas, biomethane

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Core processors: will your next smartphone be made from food waste?

Anaerobic digestion (AD) already generates some of the electricity that recharges many of our smartphones, however, exciting new R&D led by an EU project, called PlasCarb, could soon see AD generating the graphene technology that both stores and maximises the power in your smartphone. PlasCarb is currently researching…

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Tags: R&D, ADBA R&D Forum, plascarb, EU, smartphones, food waste, graphene, graphite, graphitic carbon, cpi, steven broome, hydrogen, lithium ion batteries, cancer treatment, water purification, defence equipment, source segregation, Derek Sivyer

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DEFRA data exercise in added value from food waste sector - give us your views

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I recently attended a meeting at DEFRA with a number of other organisations in the waste sector. This followed on from a DEFRA report on the value that the waste sector (including AD of food waste) is adding to the economy and the jobs being generated. It is of real…

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Tags: R&D, Defra, Ollie More, food waste, separate food waste collections

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DECC FIT and RHI cuts mean the R&D Forum needs to produce some magic

Last year Greg Barker MP, the then Minister for Energy, challenged the AD industry to innovate and cut the costs of generating renewable energy. This was following his decisions not to consider reviewing the small scale FITs tariff. Since then it's become clear that, through the degression mechanisms…

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Tags: DECC, R&D, R&D forum, Ollie More, digestate, bioresources, biorefinery

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: New research shows thermal hydrolysis could double AD throughput

New research published today (Wednesday 11th March) by AeroThermal Group shows that pre-treating food waste with a combination of steam and pressure, in a machine known as an autoclave, could double the throughput of an anaerobic digester and significantly reduce the amount of ammonia concentrations by denaturing proteins. The trials…

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Tags: R&D, aerothermal group, food waste, member's press release, christian toll, southampton university, valorgas project, biologic methane potential, Derek Sivyer

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ADBA R&D Forum to take the AD industry to the next level

We’ve now finalised our programme for the ADBA R&D Forum 2015. We are organising this Forum because we believe in pushing the industry, and those who work in it, to improve performance and maximise our use of the bioresources available. This way we can be more profitable…

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Tags: R&D, ADBA events, digestate, biomass sustainability criteria, bioresources, AD R&D, research and development, anaerobic digestion

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Government aspires to £100bn bioeconomy

In a cross-departmental policy paper released yesterday, the Government has highlighted the economic and environmental potential of the emerging bioeconomy, estimated by last year’s House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report, ‘Waste or resource? Stimulating a Bioeconomy’, to be worth £100 billion. In particular, the…

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Tags: government, bioeconomy, House of Lords, new innovation, food waste, R&D, ADBA R&D Forum, Derek Sivyer

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DECC-funded project to support bird habitats and energy objectives

Two years ago DECC awarded £1m funding to a project that aimed to use waste reeds and rushes from wetland nature reserves for bioenergy: either through AD or direct biomass combustion. The results of that are starting to come through. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds …

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Tags: R&D, Ollie More, R&D forum, ADBA R&D Forum, r&d dissemination

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Opportunity to contribute to International Energy Agency biogas work

Yesterday I attended, on behalf of ADBA, the UK AGM of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 37 on Biogas.  It was useful to see how the Task is bringing together researchers from across Europe to disseminate what research has been done and what the priorities are. Task 37 has a…

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Tags: R&D, international energy agency iea, Ollie More

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Proof of concept grants up for grabs - AD Network

The AD Network has opened its Proof of Concept funding stream to applications, with a closing date of 27 February.  Up to £60,000 can be applied for to demonstrate concepts in one of the "focus areas" the AD Network supports - these "focus areas" are to support the development…

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Tags: R&D, food waste operators, crop operators, funding, Ollie More, r&d funding

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