Tag: R&d Dissemination

Tracking Functional Microbiomes of The UK’s Anaerobic Digestion Reactors

This 1 year project, funded by BBSRC and led by Prof. Orkun Soyer at the University of Warwick, focuses on furthering our understanding of anaerobic digestion, particularly on how the complex microbial communities affect and are affected by operational conditions. 16 UK AD reactors are taking part in the project, where both…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, R&D, r&d dissemination, microbiology

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The reasearch and innovation great digestate challenge: research to maximise nutrient use efficiency

Day 2 of our UK AD & Biogas R&I Hub features a challenge to academia and industry on digestate: how to maximise the use of nutrients. WRAP have assessed the proportion of digestate nutrients are not taken up by plants in the growing season. Following best practice in digestate…

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Tags: UK AD & Biogas, anaerobic digestion, biogas, digestate, Wrap, R&D, r&d dissemination

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Digesting the indigestible

Day two of this year's R&I Hub at UK AD & Biogas will have a big focus on indigestible material in food waste.  Why is this important? Food waste AD has developed dramatically in the last three years: the volume of food waste processed through the…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, r&i, research and innovation hub, biogas, anaerobic digestion, UK AD & Biogas, uk ad & biogas 2016

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Exciting phosphorus innovation at Severn Trent

Severn Trent has announced that it is evaluating six technologies to reduce phosphorus in its waste water.  Working with partners at Packington STW in Leicestershire, Severn Trent is currently evaluating: Pile Cloth Media Filtration; Membrane Filtration; Ballasted Coagulation; Nano-particle Embedded Ion Exchange; Immobilised Algal Bioreactor; and Absorption Media Reed…

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Tags: R&D, r&d dissemination, severn trent, Cranfield University

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Impacts of trace element supplementation on anaerobic digestion performance

New research has been published showing that "Trace element supplementation improves the anaerobic digestion performance". In particular, "Fe, Ni, Co are the most desirable trace elements in the anaerobic digestion system". Knowledge of trace elements is clearly an area that all AD operators must have. Profitabilility depends on it. It…

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Tags: Malaysia, r&d dissemination, R&D

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Digestate phosphorus - £113k pa operational cost savings and income of £20k

Two research papers have been published on the extraction of phosphorus from digestate and use in agriculture. Phosphate rock is included in the EU list of ‘critical raw materials’ and is ranked 20th in an index of commodity price volatility, so is an important food security as…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, R&D, R&D forum, anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste, water sector, digestate, phosphates, phosphate, phosphorus

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Anaerobic gut fungi and tiny red crystals - the glamour of increasing biogas yields

Two research papers have been published this week on how to improve biogas production.  The first considers the glamourous world of herbivore anaerobic gut fungi. Harper Adams and the University of California have been studying the fungi with a view to establishing a "straight-forward platform, mimicking the conversion…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, r&i forum, adba r&i forum, R&D forum, r&i forum 2016, research and innovation r&i forum, innovation

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“World class” anaerobic membrane event

Last Thursday I attended a workshop organised by the Anaerobic Digestion Network on the use of membranes in anaerobic bioprocesses. I didn't know what a membrane was before attending, so luckily one of the Southampton University PhD students gave me a brief description before the event started. Membranes are…

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ADBA members invited to visit Centre for Process Innovation

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) have kindly invited ADBA members to visit its facility. This will be on Thursday 7th January. The Centre uses applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art facilities to enable its clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, centre for process innovation, cpi, biogas, research and development, R&D, r&d dissemination

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Role for macroalgae in AD: part of the £100bn bioeconomy?

Two new research papers on use of macroalgae (seaweed) for use in AD have been published.  The first of these, "Bio-methane potential test (BMP) using inert gas sampling bags with macroalgae feedstock", outlined the biogas potential from certain strands of algae and gave the following useful results: "Dried laminaria…

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

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Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) highlights role of biogas in fish farming

The FAO, an arm of the United Nations, has highlighted the role anaerobic digestion has to play in fish farming. The report, "A Guide to Recirculation Aquaculture", Page 73 of the guide in particular demonstrates how biogas can form part of an integrated, environmentally-sound, recirculation system.  As demand for food…

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Tags: r&d dissemination, R&D, Ollie More, food and agricultural association, fao, united nations, un, fish farming, recirculation aquaculture

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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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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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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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AD on the verge of facilitating important wildlife conservation

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A research project based in Lincolnshire has been looking into the feasibility of using roadside verge biomass in AD. This would provide ecological benefits as the verges would be better managed for high biodiversity.

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Tags: r&d dissemination, anaerobic digestion, EA, crop operators, regulation, environmental permitting, jess allan, conservation

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