Posted in March 2015

Electricity grid connection problems: update and opportunity to contribute

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Last week I went to a workshop held by Forum for the Future on the problem of grid access. There were a range of attendants from wind, solar, local government and others and it was agreed unanimously that unless grid access is improved in the UK we will not reach…

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Tags: will bushby, biogas to electricity, grid connection, FIT, crop operators, food waste operators, CHP

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Industry recognises food waste’s role in green cities

ADBA’s second dinner debate formed a consensus on the substantial potential of food waste as a vital resource for greener, smarter city designs. Held in central London under Chatham House Rule, the debate included leaders from AD operators, waste collection firms, residual waste treatment sites and waste management…

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Tags: executive dinner debate, press release, food waste, urban design, smart cities, cities, green cities, incineration, waste hierachy, government, local authorities, resource, recycling, biomethane, transport, Derek Sivyer

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: New partnership offers exciting prospect for food waste sector

On 31 March 2015, Martin GmbH für Umwelt- und Energietechnik, Munich (Germany) and Thöni Industriebetriebe GmbH, Telfs (Austria) have signed an exclusive agreement for long-term cooperation. Under the terms of this agreement Martin obtained the rights to exclusively promote and build Thöni dry digestion (TTV) plants…

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Tags: member's press release, thöni industriebetriebe gmbh, martin gmbh, dry digestion, organic waste, food waste, biomethane, thöni, thoeni, ttv process, thermal waste treatment, Derek Sivyer

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Purac Puregas Expand UK Team

Purac Puregas are pleased to announce that they are expanding their team in the UK to help serve their increasing customer base. John Gailes joins Purac Puregas as a Process Technician with responsibility for the routine maintenance of our biogas upgrading plants. John has over 25 years’ experience in the…

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Tags: member's press release, Purac Puregas, tony hales, john gailes, biogas, upgrading plant, purification, gas separation, methane, capure, biomethane, Derek Sivyer

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DECC degression statistics released: FITs cuts and RHI uncertainty

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DECC have released the latest figures on the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). For the sub-500 kWe FIT this has confirmed a 20% cut for the 2015 year (with the first half of this taking effect from 1 October, and the final 10% taking place on 1 April 2016). The 9 MWe trigger has…

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Tags: Ollie More, FIT, RHI, DECC, Feed-in-Tariff, anaerobic digestion, biogas

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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…

Posted in: News for Members, R&D Updates

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

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Election candidate visits Holbeach renewable energy plant

The UK’s leading operator of facilities that generate renewable energy from food waste and other organic material has welcomed a prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) to its Lincolnshire anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. The AD plant is a joint venture with A.H. Worth, the parent company of QV Foods,…

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Tags: Tamar Energy, qv foods, ppc, Parliament, general election, john hayes, MP, ricky maylin, duncan worth, food waste, asda, marks & spencer, M&S, biogas, biofertiliser, soil conditioner, organic waste, green power, member's press release, Derek Sivyer

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Executive Dinner Debate: food & fuel, not food vs. fuel

ADBA’s first dinner debate has concluded that the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry needs to ‘move the debate’ on sustainability and demonstrate that food and fuel production is complementary rather than competing. Held in central London under Chatham House Rule, the debate included farmers, farming bodies, AD…

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Tags: executive dinner debate, chatham house rule, sustainability, food vs fuel, bioenergy, biodiversity, crop, press release, Derek Sivyer

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: new Larrington Hopper Shredder offers more surface area for more gas

At Larrington Green Energy, a division of Larrington Trailers, we have been developing a new unique shredding technology born from several decades of sales and production of straw shredders and straw removers for covering carrots and strawberry crop. We have adapted designed and innovated proven technology and patented these new…

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Tags: member's press release, larrington green energy, larrington trailers, shredding technology, digesters, arable farming, crop, vegetables, fruit, Derek Sivyer

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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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Opportunity to participate in data gathering for future Contracts for Difference

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As part of the strike price setting work for CfD from 2019/20 DECC are currently reviewing evidence on the costs, hurdle rates and load factors of renewable technologies. They have appointed Arup (covering cost and load factor information) and NERA Economic Consulting (covering hurdle rates) to undertake this work. The contractors…

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Tags: DECC, CfD, EMR, financial incentives, renewable financial incentives, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle

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Have your say on the future of the Green Investment Bank

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The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have commissioned NERA Economic Consulting to conduct a review of the impact of GIB since its inception in 2012 and to evaluate its future role. We will be responding as ADBA, and encourage members to share…

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Tags: GIB, Green investment Bank, finance, funding, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, BIS, DECC, Matt Hindle

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Urgent evidence needed on electricity grid problems

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Over the last few months we have seen evidence that developers in many parts of the country are having difficulty getting new or expanded connections to the electricity distribution network. As I mentioned in my previous blog Ofgem are now consulting on how to improve arrangements to try and deliver…

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Tags: national grid, grid connection, DNO, capacity, will bushby, anaerobic digestion, Ofgem, DECC, consultation

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CFD implementation in Northern Ireland — help us shape DETI’s strategy

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The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment (DETI) in Northern Ireland has published a Discussion Paper seeking stakeholders views on the specific Northern Ireland strategic policy issues that implementing CFDs will bring for consumers and renewable electricity generators in Northern Ireland. The paper sets out wider policy issues and the…

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Tags: deti, Northern Ireland, CfD, will bushby, anaerobic digestion, consultation, renewable energy, decarbonisation

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