New £40 million funding available to boost farm productivity

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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have opened a new £40 million grants scheme for investment in farm technology and equipment. Speaking at the 2017 World Dairy Summit in Belfast, the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, will invite farmers and food processors to apply for grants under the Countryside…

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Tags: Defra, agriculture, funding opportunity, anaerobic digestion, biogas, UK AD & Biogas, productivity, heat use, renewable electricity, renewable heat, emiliano lewis

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Biomethane key to hitting renewable heat targets

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The latest Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), published in July, show that the UK is still far off meeting its 2020 renewable heat and renewable transport targets. The UK’s targets, set out here, to source 15% of all energy and 10% of transport fuels from renewables by 2020 originate in the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, UK AD & Biogas, RHI, beis, RED, renewable heat, renewable transport fuel, renewable electricity, renewable energy, DUKES, emiliano lewis

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PRESS RELEASE: Renewable heat legislation delay threatens climate goals

[​Please note that ADBA’s press release dated 25/10/17 (‘Renewable heat legislation delay threatens climate goals – ADBA’) contained an unintentionally misleading statement. We would like to make the following correction: Charlotte Morton’s quote ‘I’ve written directly to ministers at BEIS urging them…

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ADBA Sends Budget Asks to Treasury

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver the 2017 Budget to Parliament on 22nd November 2017. ADBA has written to the Exchequer Secretary setting out the key policies that can boost AD across the UK. We’ve been hearing a more positive position from Ministers and officials on the issue of…

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Member input needed - SEPA consultations on compliance assessment

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As reported in my previous blog, SEPA (the environmental regulator in Scotland) is currently consulting on proposed changes to the way they assess compliance using their Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS). They are also consulting on their charges - click here for more - SEPA state that they have 'written to…

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Response to biomethane registration and other amendments RHI consultation - last chance to comment

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See attached our draft response to the RHI consultation on "Further proposed amendments", which include important changes to the way biomethane producers are registered in the RHI. The full consultation can be found here.  I have already received a number of comments, but further comments and suggestions would be…

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Waste Treatment BREF – final draft released

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Last week, the final draft of the second version of the Waste Treatment Best Available Technique Reference Document (referred to as the BREF document) was released. This document will have implications for any permitted AD plant which has the capacity to treat 100 tonnes or more per day – known as …

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, permitting, Environment Agency, BREF, waste treatment bref, food waste operators

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) changes delayed until new year

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week informed us that the legislation required to introduce the increased biomethane and biogas tariffs, tariff guarantees and crop restrictions to the RHI, will be delayed until the start of next year. They had aimed to introduce legislation this…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, RHI, biomethane, crop operators, beis, Renewable Heat Incentive

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Is algal technology the future of AD?

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Last week I attended a workshop run by a consortium of Welsh universities on developing circular economy solutions to reduce agricultural nitrate pollution and develop feed products. The workshop focused on how combining AD-derived digestate with algal technologies has the potential to reduce nutrient pollution (which primarily derives from agriculture)…

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Tags: research and innovation, chris noyce, algae, anaerobic digestion, nutrient pollution, digestate

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Save the date: Global RE-Invest Delhi 6- 9 December 2017

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) are calling for industry to take part in the second edition of the Global RE-Invest 2017 India, which will will be held from 6 - 9 December, 2017 in New Delhi, India (https://re-invest.in/). Global RE-Invest 2017 India, aims to explore the advances made on the ground…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, UK AD & Biogas, department for international trade, foreign trade, emiliano lewis

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ADBA respond to DfT consultation on derogations for Light Commercial Vehicles

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The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on proposals to allow category B (car) licence holders to drive a slightly heavier vehicle, if it is powered by a low emission technology, by offsetting the additional weight of the powertrain. This will help compensate for lost payload capacity due to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomethane, UK AD & Biogas, biomethane as a transport fuel, Department for Transport, DfT, lcv, emiliano lewis

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Evonik obtains patent for three-step membrane process

The European Patent Office has granted Evonik Fibres GmbH, based in Schörfling (Austria), a patent for a three-stage process for membrane-based purification of biogas and natural gas.   In the gas separation process, which has been developed by Evonik, binary gas mixtures such as raw biogas, which…

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Tags: member's press release, membrane process, biogas purification, biogas, biomethane

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: WELTEC BIOPOWER extends AD plant in France

Together with its French partner WELTEC Agripower, German biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER is currently working on an AD extension project in Iffendic, Brittany. The biogas plant in Iffendic was built back in 2014, and now its capacity is being doubled. The biogas plant now generates 500 kW a day, enough to…

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ADBA draft response to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation

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I have drafted some key points that we wish to make on the BEIS Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation on further amendments to the scheme. This consultation has been described as 'other bits and pieces' by some because it considers a range of different eligbility issues, including multiple plant,…

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Tags: Ollie More, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, RHI, consultation, Renewable Heat Incentive

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LATEST Market Data Published - October 2017

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Today we have published the latest data on the UK AD & Biogas market in our Pipeline spreadsheet (to access it click on the "Operational & proposed plant data" dropdown box followed by the "Pipeline Data" link). Industry capacity rises to 779 MWe-equivalent, from 578 AD plants. 11.4 TWh of biogas…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, UK AD & Biogas, emiliano lewis, biomethane, energy generation, capacity, pipeline data

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