Monday, September 7, 2015
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From: Biofuels Transport <Biofuels.Transport@dft.gsi.gov.uk>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:42:48 +0100
To: Biofuels Transport <Biofuels.Transport@dft.gsi.gov.uk>
Subject: £25m Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Competition: Winners announced
National press release
Winners from £25 million prize to develop greener fuel technology announced
Whisky, forestry and household by-products to be turned into transport fuel at 3 new plants in England and Scotland.
Three companies have been awarded a share of a £25 million fund to help develop greener fuel technology and boost local industry, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced today (7 September 2015).
All the successful projects will use waste products which would otherwise be disposed of and turn them into biofuels, fuelling cars and lorries.
The funding will help the successful SMEs in Edinburgh, Teesside and Swindon invest in new premises and technology which will help generate over 5,000 new jobs by 2030, open up international markets and promote the renewable energy sector. The projects will boost Scotland, the Northern Powerhouse and Wiltshire and the UK economy as a whole.
Transport minister Andrew Jones said:
“This is a great example of our commitment to innovative transport technology and supporting jobs and growth.
“Biofuels have an important role to play in keeping Britain moving forward in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. This £25 million is not only a vital investment in technology that will help secure a greener future but will also support the creation of thousands of jobs.
“Advanced biofuels have the potential to save at least 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent fossil fuel. The 3 successful bids show how the government is investing in transport and making better, clean journeys.”
The winning schemes are:
· Celtic Renewables, based in Edinburgh, has been awarded £11 million to fund a new plant to make biofuels from Scotch whisky by-products, with plans to open a further 3 commercial plants across Scotland in the future
· Advanced Plasma Power, in Swindon, will receive £11 million to help develop biofuels from ordinary household waste
· Nova Pangaea Technologies Ltd, based in Tees Valley, will receive £3 million to help make biofuels from forestry waste
Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP visited Celtic Renewables on Monday 7 September 2015 to see first-hand how the financial support would enable them to turn low value by-products into high-value low carbon transport fuel. The technique could transform the Scottish Whisky industry and generate up to £100 million of transport fuel a year from its by-products.
The latest biofuels use low value waste products to produce high value fuel and will help power modes of transport that cannot be electrified in the near future such as heavy lorries or even aircraft. The UK government competition was introduced to overcome barriers to investment by offering matched funding to support the construction of pre-commercial scale demonstration plants in the UK.
Professor Martin Tangney, founder of Celtic Renewables said:
“This funding from the Department for Transport is transformational for Celtic Renewables and will underpin the development of a brand new innovative industry in the UK. The construction of our demonstration facility will herald the reintroduction of ABE fermentation to the UK for the first time since the 1960s, but this time for advanced biofuel production using entirely sustainable raw materials."
Advanced Plasma Power
Rolf Stein, CEO of Advanced Plasma Power (APP), said:
“APP is delighted to have been selected as a recipient of the grant thereby recognising our position at the very forefront of environmental and technical innovation in the UK. The grant also recognises the important role our technology can play in helping the UK meet its ambitious 2020 target for renewable transport fuel.
“The use of APP’s state-of-the-art process can unlock the enormous value of residual waste as a resource eliminating the requirement for it to be sent to landfill. The fuel generated can be used to power heavy goods vehicles, reducing the reliance on diesel, which is more carbon intensive and contributes to the pollution in many of our cities.”
Nova Pangea Technologies Ltd
Chairman Barry Hedley said:
'We are enormously proud to have been awarded a Department for Transport grant to fund the demonstration of NPT’s low cost route to cellulosic sugars and on to ethanol for biofuels at significant scale. The process is unique in being continuous and scalable to oil industry volumes. In due course it should provide a sustainable source for liquid transportation fuels and indeed chemicals, using a wide variety of biomass feedstocks, and carries the prospect of replacing fossil oil for these purposes. We would expect this UK biofuel technology to be licensed to biomass owners and processors across the globe.'
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