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Help set future Feed-in Tariffs - last chance to provide data

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Those of you who came to the members meeting are aware, the final stage of data collection to support the Feed in Tariff review is underway.  ARUP have been appointed by DECC to collect information on costs to set future Contracts for Difference, but this information will also be…

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Tags: DECC, Matt Hindle, financial incentives, FIT, Ollie More, biogas, anaerobic digestion

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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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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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What tariff should the AD Feed-In Tariff be? DECC cost data gathering

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ADBA has been asked by consultants working for DECC to gather data on the cost of generating electricity from anaerobic digestion for plants of 5 MWe and under. This is to inform DECC's review of the Feed-in Tariff, which is likely to take place following the election. DECC are…

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Tags: European Commission, DECC, Ollie More, Feed-in-Tariff, financial incentives, FIT, renewable financial incentives, anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators

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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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RHI degression guessing-game

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The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) degression mechanism for both biomethane and biogas depends on four factors, which are calculated quarterly: The forecast spend for each individual technology (e.g. biogas, biomethane) for the following 12 months, based on pre-accreditations, deployment and expected load factors The estimated spend for the scheme as…

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Tags: DECC, renewable financial incentives, Ollie More, biomethane, biogas, biomethane to grid, financial incentives, RHI, anaerobic digestion, Renewable Heat Incentive

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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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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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Sub-100 kWe Feed-In Tariff ADBA cost exercise

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We believe that cost evidence is likely to support the case to introduce a new tariff for AD electricity plants of 100 kWe and under. We are working to establish what a tariff would be for this level, as well as to gather cost information to support the FIT review in…

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Tags: DECC, Feed-in-Tariff, Ollie More, renewable financial incentives, FIT

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EU research and development (R&D) funding - bio-sector free workshop

Horizon 2020 is the main European Commission funding programme supporting research and development in the EU. It is aimed not just as academia but also industry. Although significant amounts of funding are available, it can be a dauntingly-complex area to look at. The NNFCC are holding a free event on 28 January…

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Tags: R&D, Ollie More, European Commission

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DECC RHI degression data published - large biomethane uptake continues

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DECC have released data on their RHI 'Estimated commitments' page showing that the large uptake of biomethane in the RHI continued in November. The forecast expenditure for biomethane is now way above the level forming part of the calculation for the July 2015 'expenditure threshold'. Uptake for the whole scheme was…

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Tags: DECC, Ollie More, RHI, renewable financial incentives, crop operators, food waste operators, biomethane to grid

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Converting biogas Co2 into methane

The Guardian reported this weekend on using waste co2 from biogas plants to produce additional methane, in combination with hydrogen produced from waste electricity generation. This kind of project will become increasingly important as the intermittancy of the electricity grid increases. They refer to the  Fraunhofer Institute for Wind…

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