Monday, December 5, 2022

Subsidies to biomass plant in Teesside must be stopped says environmental coalition

On the day that MGT Teesside misses its latest deadline to begin operations (10 December), the Cut Carbon Not Forests (CCNF) coalition warns the...

SEPA figures show recovering recycling rate in Scotland

Statistics published on 27 September by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal some of the impact of COVID-19 polcies on recycling. The figures...

Contaminated land consultants urged to use new British Standard when soil sampling

Concerns raised over reliability of old-style VOC testing Industry specialists working on contaminated land are being urged to use the new British Standard BS 10176...

Swiss firm unveils shoe made using carbon emissions

Seemingly a leap forward in sportswear firm On’s efforts to move away from petroleum-based resources, a new shoe range – marketed as Cloudprime™ -...

Fish oils to create eco-friendly surfactants for detergent

Scottish start-up Eco Clean Team is undertaking a research project with experts from the University of St Andrews to develop a new process that...

New funding for biotechnology scale-ups in Scotland

A new fund has been launched by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to enable biotech companies to access specialist facilities, equipment and resources. IBioIC’s...

Extrusion press technology can help MSW processors unlock their green potential

Waste processing technology firm Anaergia suggests its OREXTM extrusion press technology has transformative potential in terms of how organic material is treated at municipal solid...

Continuous flow chemistry process picks up French award

A French-government award that recognises sustainable chemistry initiatives has been picked up by Minakem, a CDMO for active ingredients in the pharmaceutical industry....

Making coal in the lab

A new system appears to allow more energy to be gotten from biomass (such as forest and agricultural waste) with the help of a chemical reactor that can work from solar power.

CIRIA appoints research lead for new guidance on sustainable management of surplus soils

CIRIA, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association has commissioned a new research project that aims to produce concise, up to date, interactive guidance...
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Sorters close the loop

A partnership between food waste disposal firm Swancote Energy and recycling equipment manufacturer TOMRA Recycling marks the first UK application of optical sorting technology in an anaerobic digestion facility.

Turning fish waste into carbon-based nanomaterials

Group says they have developed a simple, fast, and energy-efficient synthesis method for producing exceptional carbon nano-onions from fish scales Carbon-based nanomaterials are finding...

Plans for Scotland’s first hazardous soil treatment centre announced

Research project to create new materials from recycling’s waste products Heriot-Watt University has joined forces with Brewster Bros, a recycling business based in Livingston,...

Demo plant produces industrial sugars from mixed household waste fractions

A UK-based demonstration plant that generates industrial biotechnology sugars and other recycled material streams from the paper and card in mixed household waste has...
Wood pulp

Kindling a revolution?

Finding a way to do something more interesting with woody biomass - other than just burning it - is a long-standing grail for biotechnology research. A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape. Lignin has tremendous potential as a source of renewable energy and materials.
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Is biochar suitable as a construction material?

Biochar is a porous material made from the pyrolysis of wood and other plant material. Diksha Pandey writes

Partnership offers route to a greener dram

An innovative new project is ‘distilling’ residues from Scotland’s famous whisky industry into sustainable, green energy. The successful trial involving Scottish Water, SEPA and major...

New funding to support growth of Scotland’s bioeconomy

New funding available from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) aims to help grow Scotland’s bioeconomy. The latest tranche of its innovation fund is...

Bexley council launches app-based anti-food-waste campaign

Household food waste project will see Council partnering with two food waste apps – OLIO & Kitche The Bexley Household Food Waste Project launched on...

Start-up providing sustainable Omega-3 secures £2.3m funding

Edinburgh-based biotechnology start-up MiAlgae has secured further investment of £2.3m to help drive the next stage of its growth journey. Established in 2016, the firm...