Significant interest in Biogest servicing know-how in the UK. Biogest wins three further contracts for technological and biological services for agricultural biogas plants. Converting biogas into biomethane, which can then be fed into the natural gas grid, is a highly efficient method of converting and supplying power. This allows the efficiency of biogas plants to be almost doubled and, unlike electricity, biomethane can be transported with significantly lower network losses. The EU BIOSURF project is working on the international tradability and certification of biomethane which will offer greater independence from national legislation and consequently enormous opportunities for the economically attractive use of biomethane.
Biogest 31st Oct 2017 read more »
WHERE there’s muck there’s, brass, rings the old saying, but now it has emerged that waste and by-products generated in Scotland – more than 27 million tonnes of biomaterials – could add hundreds of millions of pounds to the country’s economy. A new report Biorefining Potential for Scotland, from Zero Waste Scotland, gives a detailed insight into the “circular economy” potential for waste products in the bioeconomy sector. The group, which supports the Scottish Government’s target of reducing food waste by a third by 2025, said Scotland is recognised as a world leader in the circular economy, which is aimed at limiting waste by keeping materials and products in “high-value use” for as long as possible. Maximising value from “bio resources” is seen as a priority area, with the best chance of delivering economic, environmental and social benefits for Scotland in Holyrood’s circular economy strategy, Making Things Last. It is estimated up to an additional £800 million could be generated for the economy by using food and drink by-products alone. With the right investment, the report said residues from whisky production such as pot ale, food waste from households and hospitality, agricultural residues such as animal manure and unused or misshapen fruit and vegetables, could be put to good use. This can also apply to wastewater sludge from sewage treatment facilities. The report highlights opportunities for new job creation in Scotland, particularly in rural and coastal areas where many of the waste materials are found. Publication of the report coincided with the launch of the dedicated Scottish Bio-Resource Support Service by Scottish Enterprise, which gives data on the type, quantity and location of “bio” materials in Scotland.
The National 1st Nov 2017 read more »