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Worlds largest offshore wind farm to be built in the UK

gov.uk: DONG Energy confirms a positive Final Investment Decision for Hornsea One offshore windfarm off the coast of Grimsby in Northern England.

This morning, Wednesday 3 February, the board of directors at DONG Energy confirmed a positive Final Investment Decision for Hornsea One offshore windfarm off the coast of Grimsby in Northern England, meaning that construction can now go ahead.

Located 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast and capable of powering over one million UK homes with a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, Hornsea One will be - by a considerable margin - the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The project has the potential to create around 2,000 jobs during its construction, with up to 300 additional jobs supported throughout its 20-25 year operational phase. A new Siemens blade factory in Hull, due to be built by the end of this year, will support the project, boosting a Northern and UK wide supply chain...

Wilton, Redcar firm TeeGene Biotech makes Kiwi connection

thenorthernecho.co.uk: TEEGENE Biotech has been selected to take part in a British research and development (R&D) delegation to New Zealand.

The Teesside University spin-out company, based at The Wilton Centre, is taking part in a trip in this month which aims to establish collaborative R&D links in agriculture and biotechnology.

The international visit is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) which invests in skills and education and the schedule for the week is being organised by the British High Commission in Wellington... 

Us Biotech Company, Calysta Inc. to Open its First R&D and Market Introduction Facility in the UK

teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk: Us Biotech Company, Calysta Inc. to Open its First R&D and Market Introduction Facility in the UK

Located at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), Teesside, Calysta will develop the production process for FeedKind™ protein, a new fish feed ingredient to reduce the aquaculture industry's use of fishmeal. FeedKind™ protein - a natural, safe, non-GMO sustainable fish feed ingredient is approved for sale in the European Union.

Calysta, Inc. (www.calysta.com) based in California, through its subsidiary Calysta (UK) Ltd., has received a conditional award of up to £2.8 million Exceptional Regional Growth Fund (eGRF) grant subject to due diligence from the UK Government. This will contribute to a £30 million first phase investment over ten years by Calysta to develop a Market Introduction Facility to undertake R&D critical to commercialise FeedKind and develop the technology for other applications.

The company will safeguard 9.5 jobs in CPI, with a further 29 jobs created (10 CPI and 19 Calysta); along with indirect jobs benefits in construction and the supply chain...

New bio plant is 'early evidence' of Teesside's attractiveness - Paul Booth

gazettelive.co.uk: The chair of Tees Valley Unlimited explains why Teesside will survive the knock-backs of recent months.

Paul Booth, chair of Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, outlines why Teesside will survive recent knock-backs.

“Tees Valley’s history is one of innovation and reinvention with an invaluable contribution being made by our key sectors to the economic success of the UK.

And while the latter part of 2015 was dominated by the closure of SSI and related job losses, I believe that, due to this resilience, the underlying nature of our Tees Valley economy is strong and improving...

North East firm Total Recycling Services gets £6.7m Business Growth Fund investment

chroniclelive.co.uk: The BGF continues to back growing companies in the North East, with £50m invested in the region to date.

A recycling business in the North East is poised to expand its operations after receiving a £6.7m growth capital investment from the Business Growth Fund.

Darlington-based Total Recycling Services (TRS) provides complete recycling and waste management services for industrial and commercial customers, including hazardous waste recovery, commercial recycling and industrial services.

All services are carried out in-house and the firm – which generated turnover of more than £14m in 2014 – operates from two sites...

Indian scientists achieve breakthrough in low-cost ethanol production

biofuels-news.com: Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) have successfully generated low-cost biofuel using a perennial weed, the Kans grass.

The grass, native to the Indian subcontinent, grows up to three feet in height and, being widely available and perennial, comes at low cost.

"Through our technology, which we have now got patented, bioethanol will be produced as a substitute for petrol. This is a low-cost fuel, in comparison to other varieties of bioethanol now available across the world," Sanjoy Ghosh, inventor of the technology and teacher of biochemical engineering at the IIT-R, told the Times of India newspaper...

Middlesbrough engineer appointed to drive forward £160m Port Clarence Renewable Energy plant

gazettelive.co.uk: An engineering firm has been appointed to drive forward a £160m Teesside power station.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is supporting the Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant, near Middlesbrough, which is expected to generate electricity for thousands of North-East homes.

Parsons says engineers from its Middlesbrough office are providing project management, design work and construction supervision.

The power plant, which is anticipated to create about 30 direct jobs and support 300 construction posts, is expected to burn up to 250,000 tonnes of waste wood every year, to provide energy for 75,000 properties...

Northumberland businessman to address Austrian energy conference

bdaily.co.uk: A Northumberland industry expert will showcase the performance of the UK’s biomass heat market when he addresses the European Pellet Conference in Wels, Austria next month.

Neil Harrison, co-founder and director of Alnwick-based re:heat, will tell delegates pellet installations have dominated the smaller end of the biomass boiler market thanks to lower equipment costs and the reduced footprint required for projects when compared to other forms of wood fuel.

He will showcase the performance of the UK biomass heat market, where the focus has been on the uptake of pellet heating systems in light of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which provides financial incentives for users to switch from carbon-based heating systems to renewable alternatives...

Northumberland wheat crop makes it into Guinness Book of World Records

chroniclelive.co.uk: Farmer Rod Smith says Beal Farm team have spent years developing a system that suits the ground and conditions of the area.

A bumper wheat crop achieved last year on a Northumberland farm has officially set a new world record.

The 16.52 t/ha seed crop grown by Rod Smith and his Beal Farm team on 11.3 ha near Berwick-upon-Tweed has been verified and accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The achievement dramatically displaces Mike Solari’s New Zealand record of 15.64t/ha, which has stood for more than five years...

Sirius Minerals moves closer to revealing contractors for £2bn North Yorkshire potash mine

thenorthernecho.co.uk: BOSSES behind a £2bn fertiliser mine have moved closer to appointing contractors for the development.

Sirius Minerals is whittling down bids for work on its York Potash Project. Construction of the mine, based near Whitby, could start later this year.

Sirius says the project, approved by planners last year, will provide more than 1,000 direct jobs and allow access to the world’s largest and highest grade of polyhalite, a form of potash reputed for delivering strong crop growth.

The business hopes to extract 13 million tonnes of the mineral every year, from an overall defined store of 2.66 billion tonnes...

Sustainable Fuel Register to launch at Energy Now

nnfcc.co.uk: A new industry reporting scheme is set to allow tens of thousands of tonnes of previously unavailable biomass to be used in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) accredited projects. Crops for Energy (C4E) and Farm Energy Centre (FEC) have joined forces to operate a new scheme called the Sustainable Fuel Register (SFR).

The register will be the first industry led, self-sustaining approved supplier list. This will provide producers, traders and users of non-wood fuels with a simple way of meeting sustainability criteria required for compliance with the RHI. The SFR will be formally launched at Energy Now on 10 February 2016.

Users of wood fuels already benefit from the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), which allows them easy compliance with the RHI. However, for users of non-woody fuels, there is no such scheme and currently compliance can only be demonstrated by self-reporting, which is expensive and time consuming...

NEPIC Awards: The cream of the North East's process sector are rewarded at event

chroniclelive.co.uk: This year’s winners include SABIC, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnology, K Home International, Aesica Pharmaceuticals and Shasun Pharma Solutions.

More than 400 people gathered to see the cream of the North East’s process sector rewarded for their contribution to the industry.

Fourteen awards and £18,000 in prize money was given out at this year’s NEPIC Annual Awards event at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield, County Durham, where the region’s brightest youngsters, best companies and tireless contributors were recognised.

Eighteen thousand pounds in prize funds were donated over the course of the evening to award winners, in support of future career development and local science-related school projects...

Future of 1.5bn North East carbon capture project is in the balance

chroniclelive.co.uk: Teesside scheme would create thousands of jobs, but Government policy changes have raised questions on its viability.

The future of a £1.5bn bid to establish Europe’s first industrial carbon capture and storage project in the North East hangs in the balance. Peter McCusker reports.

The fallout from George Osborne’s decision to scrap a £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project is now being felt on Teesside.

It was initially though that the announcement to scrap the CCS Commercialisation Programme, made in November’s Autumn Statement, would impact solely on projects in Scotland and Yorkshire...

Biochemica celebrates its Irish charm at 2016 NEPIC Awards

biochemica.co.uk: Water treatment specialist, Biochemica UK Ltd is celebrating success after its Sales Manager scooped a Young Achiever Award at the NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) Annual Awards Dinner 2016.

The prestigious event, which took place at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield, saw the cream of the crop of the North East process industry come together to witness the honouring of achievements from across the sector. Amongst the winners, Biochemica’s Dr Sandra Rountree was presented with the highly acclaimed Redhall Engineering Young Achiever Award within the Fine & Speciality Chemicals category.

The Young Achiever award recognises the best and brightest talent working within the process industry and its supply chain. This is the third occasion since joining the Cluster that a Biochemica team member has been crowned with the title...

Lord Hutton to chair Tees Valley energy debate

thenorthernecho.co.uk: FORMER Secretary of State for Business, Lord Hutton of Furness, will lead a debate on the future of the energy sector in the North-East in February.

With the landscape of the energy industry dramatically changing in recent months, most notably with the unprecedented drop in the oil price to $30 a barrel, the sector is facing a variety of challenges.

The free-to-attend debate on February 11 at Wynyard Hall, organised by Square One Law in conjunction with Brewin Dolphin, KPMG, NOF Energy and Tees Valley Unlimited, will discuss the outlook for the oil and gas market and the opportunities for the regional supply chain, which also include areas such as offshore renewables, North Sea decommissioning, nuclear and shale gas....

Calysta, a US biotech company, is investing £30m in a fish feed centre

darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk: A US Biotech company is investing £30m to develop a revolutionary new fish feed production centre on Teesside.

California-based Calysta is to build a research and development centre next to the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), at Wilton, near Redcar.

The centre will develop the process to produce FeedKind, a new fish feed protein ingredient which will reduce the salmon fish farming world’s use of fishmeal.

FeedKind is a natural, safe, non-GMO sustainable fish feed ingredient which has been approved for sale in the European Union...

COP21 recognises the need for Carbon Capture & Storage for CO₂ reduction

mpiuk.com: With an agreement reached in Paris at COP21 and Carbon Capture and Storage playing a key role in the reduction of CO₂ especially for industrial emitters, the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) is in a key position to use its expertise in industrial scale up and applying technologies to existing industries to help CCS play its part. To support this, James Taylor, a Researcher with the MPI has recently returned from Perth, Australia where he attended a summer school on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), a key method of reducing CO₂emissions...

Billingham water management company in industry first initiative

bdaily.co.uk: Billingham-based Biochemica UK Ltd has become the first UK firm in the water management industry to sign up to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 12,000 signatories in 170 countries..

Signing the agreement cements Biochemica’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Dave Ruddy, Managing Director at Biochemica, said: “Corporate sustainability begins with a company’s value system and an ethical approach to doing business...

Teesside Graphene plc looks to raise over £10m to scale up production

bdaily.co.uk: Teesside-based Applied Graphene Materials, the producer of specialty graphene materials, is seeking to fundraise £10.1m to scale up its productions.

The company has conditionally raised £8.1m before expenses through the placing of 4,628,571 New Ordinary Shares at 175 pence per share.

In addition, the firm has announced an Open Offer to raise up to approximately £2m, on the basis of 1 Open Offer Share for every 15 Existing Ordinary Shares held on the Record Date, at 175 pence each.

Net Proceeds are expected to be used to scale up the company’s production facilities to increase manufacturing capacity to six tonnes per annum...

Ensus refinery still at a standstill - but work continuing to restart work

thenorthernecho.co.uk: A MOTHBALLED £250m refinery remains at a standstill – but its owners say improvements are being made to raise its performance once work restarts.

CropEnergies AG says its Ensus bioethanol plant, in Wilton, near Redcar, is still at the mercy of industry prices and demand.

Last year, the company confirmed a quarter of its 100-strong Ensus team were leaving after a prolonged pause in production...

Northumberland subsea energy firm reports 45% surge in exports

bdaily.co.uk: Northumberland-based OSBIT Power (OP) has revealed a 45% increase in its exports for the financial year.

For the period ending September 30 2015, the subsea energy and offshore technology firm’s international business soared, with exports making up 55% of its turnover altogether.

Despite the steep drop in the oil price, which has had an industry-wide impact on performance and limited the demand for design and build systems and equipment, the company secured a number of new customers and won a number of contracts including two larger projects each valued in the region of £3m. These projects helped the company deliver turnover of £7.43m and profits of £1.087m...

£40m water treatment facilities announced for Horsley

bdaily.co.uk: New £40m water treatment facilities will be built in Horsley, in the Tyne Valley, Northumbrian Water has announced.

Serving 800,000 customers on Tyneside, improvements are expected to begin in summer 2016 and take about two and a half years to complete.

Customer water supply will be unaffected, as the new facilities to be built alongside the current plant. The upgrade will enhance the treatment processes and ensure the works delivers to ever increasing water quality standards. It will also increase resilience...

Hartlepools Niramax reaches waste partnership with Veolia

bdaily.co.uk: Waste management company Niramax has agreed a landfill diversion agreement with global firm Veolia.

The deal will see Veolia take over the running of Niramax’s 4,000 trade waste bins, collected from over 1,000 customers across the North East, whilst Hartlepool’s Niramax will process the waste.

The agreement is said to be mutually beneficial, as both companies reportedly hold long term ambitions to reduce the amount of waste which ends up in landfill sites...

Wood pellet business, VerdEnergy, launched

darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk: A new Yorkshire-based wood fuel venture has been officially launched.

VerdEnergy based in Tockwith, near York, aims to become the pre-eminent supplier of wood pellets for boilers across the North of England.

It already supplies many homes, farms, schools, greenhouses, offices, swimming pools and hotels who are off the gas grid and who previously relied on oil or LPG.

Rudie Humphrey, operations manager, said they aim to concentrate on a 50 to 80 mile radius of Tockwith – which takes in large parts of Yorkshire, Cumbria, the North East and North Midlands...

Bio Base NWE leverages €70million of investments and the creation of 320 jobs in the Northest European bioeconomy

nnfcc.co.uk: Bio Base NWE, a three-year project co-financed by the INTERREG IVB programme of the European Union, has come to an end and proudly presents its results. This network of biobased economy experts advised over 500 small and medium enterprises (SME’s) to facilitate innovation and business development in biobased technologies and to stimulate the growth of the biobased economy in Northwest Europe (NWE).

27 SMEs received financial support through the project to conduct feasibility studies and scale-up trials at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Ghent, Belgium). Almost all of them declared these trials speeded up the commercialisation of their innovation. The work done within the innovation coupons scheme created a substantial leverage effect: up to €71million of investments and the creation of 320 new jobs in the biobased economy in the coming years. Furthermore the project partners discussed policy recommendations with their local and EU policy makers aimed at removing the hurdles SME’s encounter during their journey to bring lab scale innovations to the market...

Collaboration Cuts Costs

carbontrust.com: Low carbon energy technologies will need global investment of $5 trillion between 2015 and 2025 in order to bring down costs and accelerate deployment.  Taking a collaborative approach internationally can reduce the costs of this investment, saving over $550 billion.

Carbon Trust analysis, based on the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 2 Degree Scenario, estimates that US$5 trillion will need to be invested into the deployment of low carbon energy technologies by 2025. This cost could be reduced by more than US$550 billion through collaborative innovation. This creates a huge economic opportunity for countries willing to work together strategically on developing new innovations and deploying existing low carbon technologies...

Chancellor cuts DECC & Defra’s budgets in Spending Review

nnfcc.co.uk: The Chancellor George Osborne has announced significant budget cuts for both the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) during his Autumn Spending review speech in Parliament today. “Going green should not cost the earth,” Osborne stated as he set out his budget for the Government’s green policies.

In his speech to the Commons, in which he promised to “prioritise energy security, whilst making reforms to meet our climate goals at lower cost,” the Chancellor confirmed that DECC’s budget will be cut by 22% over the next four years as part of the Government’s plans to have a budget surplus by 2020...

Teesside biotechnology firm looks to turn roadside plants to anticancer drugs

bdaily.co.uk: Teesside company TeeGene Biotech has launched a research project to investigate whether roadside verges can provide crucial chemicals to be recycled for use in medical applications.

Focussing on roadside plants and greenery subjected to significant levels of air pollution from exhaust fumes, TeeGene is investigating the possibility that they may contain valuable chemicals, platinum group metals, which can be recycled for use in anticancer drugs and biomedical devices such as pacemakers.

Based at the Wilton Centre near Redcar, the firm stands as a spin-out venture from Teesside University and the University of York. A consortium of its scientists are currently undertaking the research...

JFS develops Durham-based renewable energy scheme

bdaily.co.uk: Biogas project operators JFS Associates Ltd has developed a renewable energy scheme in Durham, which will convert agricultural waste and materials into renewable heat and power.

The project at Hope House near Sedgefield, will support jobs within Newcastle and Durham, both during the construction phase, and also across the operating life of the project.

Lawyers from Ward Hadaway’s Energy Team advised on the deal, providing legal advice to JFS Associates on the project, including advice from specialist property, finance, construction and commercial lawyers...

Low Carbon energy firm launches in Newcastle

bdaily.co.uk: Baltic Energy, a new addition to the low carbon and energy saving industry, has launched in Newcastle.

The nascent provider believes it will be turning over £1.5m annually by 2018 and has announced plans to invest in new engineers after a successful first month in business.

The firm, spearheaded by Director Chris Phillipson, specialises in providing the latest low carbon technologies and ground-breaking energy saving products to homes and to businesses throughout the region and hopes to be a major player in the regional renewable energy sector...

NNFCC launches Bioenergy Sustainability Support Service

nnfcc.co.uk: NNFCC, the non-profit bioeconomy consultancy, today announces the launch of a comprehensive bioenergy sustainability advisory service.

New DECC biomass sustainability criteria
The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is a key support mechanism for solid biomass and biogas developments supplying renewable heat and biomethane facilities supplying gas to the national grid in the UK. In order for generators to be eligible to receive support under the RHI scheme, they will from 5 October 2015, have to ensure all biomass meets sustainability criteria laid down by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in line with the renewable energy directive (RED). These criteria have been reported against under the renewables obligation (RO) for some time, but from 1 October 2015 compliance is essential in order to receive certificates (ROCs)...

Plaxica Limited Announces Grant of Multiple US Patents for its Optipure® Technology

nnfcc.co.uk: LONDON, ENGLAND (October 5, 2015) - Plaxica, a chemical technologies company focused on the development of technology for the production of low cost lactic acid from biomass, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patents 9,045,781, 9,045,782 and 9,045,783...

CPI launches new £38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington

bdaily.co.uk: A new National Biologics Manufacturing Centre has been officially launched in the North East by The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).

Based in Darlington, Co. Durham, the £38m centre was opened by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science and Steve Bagshaw, CEO of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

The new Centre will provide companies with open access facilities and expertise to help them develop, prove and commercialise new and improved processes and technologies for biologics manufacture...

Alnwick biomass firm fuels industry with training extension

bdaily.co.uk: Biomass heating firm re:heat is raising professional standards in the wood heat industry, as the Alnwick-based firm has responded to a lack of regulation within the industry.

Delivering specialist training to schools, hospitals and businesses moving away from traditional fossil-fuelled systems towards biomass, the team at re:heat has now extended its offering to providing regulation within the industry.

With a number of firms installing and running wood fuel systems nationally, there are currently few relevant standards to help regulate the industry...

Cramlington renewables project boosted by £48m equity investment

bdaily.co.uk: UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) and John Laing Group plc (JLG) have committed £48m of equity to a new £138m renewable energy facility in North East England, developed by Estover Energy.

The biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Cramlington, Northumberland, will generate 213 GWh of renewable electricity annually, enough to power 52,000 homes. It is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by circa 56 kt CO2e annually, the equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road during its lifetime...

Stockton power station project to generate 500 new North East jobs

bdaily.co.uk: The sale of a high profile energy project which will lead to the building of a North East power station will generate 500 new jobs in the region.

Welsh renewable energy company Eco2 Ltd and London-based renewable energy investment firm Temporis Capital LLP announced the sale of the Port Clarence Energy project to Glennmont Partners.

Part of a £160m investment programme, the deal will lead to the building of a 40 MW waste wood fired power station at Able Clarence Port, on the banks of the River Tees in Stockton-on-Tees...

DfT awards £25m to develop advanced biofuels

nnfcc.co.uk: Three companies have been awarded a share of a £25 million fund to develop low emission biofuels and boost local industry, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced on 7 September.

The Government announced this week that three companies have been awarded a share of its £25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration competition, which was launched in December 2014 with the aim of developing fuels from waste products to power cars and lorries...

Two North East sites amongst potential fracking locations

bdaily.co.uk: In a list of 27 locations across England, The Oil and Gas Authority has named two sites near Middlesbrough as sites where licences to frack for shale oil and gas will be offered.

12 companies have been given exclusive rights to explore for oil and gas, including through the use of the controversial fracking method.

The exploration, which is still subject to planning consent, would include fracking on numerous blocks of land, which are typically 100 sq-km, including on two sites in Teesside...

£650m Tees Renewable Energy Plant work will start by early next year

gazettelive.co.uk: Around 835 jobs will be created at the peak of construction, while the biomass plant will sustain more than 100 full time jobs once operational.

Work on a massive green energy plant at Teesport will start by early next year - as developer MGT Power announces details of how people can apply for hundreds of jobs created by the scheme...

£1m investment helps fuel Jarrow-based offshore wind company's growth

bdaily.co.uk: A £1m investment to capitalise on opportunities in the offshore wind sector has been unveiled in the North East.

Wescott Coatings and Training Services, which celebrates its 5th birthday this year, has officially opened its new head office and extended training centre on Tyne Point Industrial Estate in Jarrow.

Supported by funding from GROW:OffshoreWind, the company now has access to dedicated training rooms, practical workshops and specialist blasting and spray chambers, not to mention the UK’s only rope access facility that creates real life working rigging scenarios...

'Real threat' of employers leaving Teesside as green taxes rise

Gazettelive.co.uk: Stark warning from firms behind a world-first carbon capture scheme on Teesside - but project is 'eminently achieveable.'

The prospect of large industrial employers leaving Teesside for countries with lower green taxes is a “real threat”, according to firms behind a world-first carbon scheme.

Teesside Collective, the consortium working towards a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) network, says thousands of jobs could be thrown into jeopardy as green taxes rise for the UK’s heaviest polluters...

BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

bbsrc.ac.uk: 13 networks have been created spanning all areas of IB including: Anaerobic digestion, C1 Gas fermentation, Bioprocessing and unlocking the IB potential of microalgae. Encouraging engineers to join these networks, in order to identify technology challenges and build collaborative research and development consortia. The networks have funding available in the form of proof-of-concept and business interaction vouchers. For more information and to join the network...

Large scale Teesside windfarm plans to generate North East training opportunities

bdaily.co.uk: With plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm given the green light earlier this week, North East training providers are on red alert at the possibility of getting involved in the project.

Approval was granted for Dogger Bank’s Teesside A&B development, a move that could create more than 4,700 jobs.

The scheme is being developed by offshore wind consortium Forewind, with power from Dogger Bank coming to shore between Redcar and Marske...

Contract hopes as £2bn Whitby mine firm hails new fertiliser tests

northernecho.co.uk: BOSSES behind a £2bn North Yorkshire fertiliser mine are pushing ahead with talks over new contracts after saying fresh tests show its product will help deliver better harvests and save costs.

Sirius Minerals, which is overseeing the York Potash Project, near Whitby, has carried out studies in the US and Brazil over soybean and corn growth...

Huge wind farm in the North Sea given the go-ahead

itv.com: Planning permission was granted this lunchtime for the world's largest offshore wind farm.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd gave the green light to the Dogger Bank Teesside A & B project, which will cover an area of 600 square kilometres in the North Sea.

Dogger Bank A & B will be located 102 miles from the North East coast and when completed each site, with 200 turbines, will be able to generate 1.2 gigawatts of energy - enough to power the annual electricity needs of two million British homes...

Permission given for world's largest offshore wind farm

itv.com: Approval has been given for the Dogger Bank Teesside development, which will generate enough electricity to power 2 million homes each year. The project could also create around 5,000 jobs...

Teesside know-how will turn seaweed into sustainable energy

gazettelive.co.uk: The Centre for Process Innovation is leading a consortium of six researching organisations that form the 'SeaGas' study.

Teesside’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a £2.78m research project that will create green energy - from SEAWEED.

The Wilton-based centre is at the helm of a consortium including Newcastle University experts, which will explore producing bio-methane from seaweed through anaerobic digestion...

BBSRC awards £1.5M for Impact Acceleration Accounts

BBSRC.ac.uk: BBSRC has awarded 15 research institutions around the UK a total of £1.5M to develop knowledge exchange activities and maximise impact from their research.

The one-year Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA) are being piloted to allow the institutions to quickly and flexibly identify and support opportunities for knowledge exchange and accelerate delivery of benefit from BBSRC investments in excellent bioscience.

Each organisation has received £100,000 after a competitive application process...

INVISTA and Plaxica collaborate on bio-derived lactic acid technology

nnfcc.co.uk: INVISTA’s technology and licensing business, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT) and UK technology developer Plaxica have entered into a collaboration that is expected to accelerate the commercialisation of Plaxica's technology for the production of low cost lactic acid from biomass.

Under the agreement, in which INVISTA will have an option for an equity stake in Plaxica, INVISTA will provide Plaxica engineering, technical and commercial support from its global technology licensing organisation. The two companies will work together to develop and commercialise Plaxica’s lactic acid technology, which the companies believe will offer substantial cost and performance benefits to licensees in the polylactic acid and bio-propylene glycol value chains...

Construction work starts on Teesside's MPI expansion

bdaily.co.uk: Work has begun on a £1.5m refurbishment The Materials Processing Institute, which is being redeveloped into a two-floor unit set to house up to 15 SMEs, as well as business services and commercial departments.

The research centre, which could play a key role in generating up to £170m of income into the Tees Valley over the next 20 years, recently landed a £3m Local Growth Fund grant from Tees Valley Unlimited, half of which will be spent on rebuilding and the remaining cash on equipment...

Blyth tech company exports renewable energy solutions worldwide

bdaily.co.uk: Blyth-based Solar Capture Technologies is exporting its renewable energy technologies worldwide.

From five metre-high fake palm trees delivering Wi-Fi and tourist information on the beaches of Dubai, to emergency roadside telephones lining the highways of the UK, the company is somewhat of a hidden gem in the region...

North East businesses invest over £27m in renewable energy

bdaily.co.uk: Businesses across the North East have now invested over £27m in onsite renewable energy projects to cut costs, improve security of supply and reduce carbon footprint, according to new figures.

The latest Energy Entrepreneurs Report compiled by independent energy firm SmartestEnergy shows there are now 18 projects including rooftop solar installations on warehouses and wind turbines at factories in operation across the region...


Sirius bosses aim for more global sales at £2bn Whitby mine

northernecho.co.uk: BOSSES behind a £2bn North Yorkshire fertiliser mine are pushing to secure further global sales after gaining approval for the development.

Sirius Minerals is in discussions with customers around the world over supplying potash from its mine, which will be based three miles outside Whitby...

AkzoNobel awarded Carbon Trust Triple Standard

edie.net.co.uk: AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard after achieving major reductions in water, waste and carbon.

AkzoNobel’s UK sustainability initiatives have included saving 1000 tonnes of paint waste every year by transforming it into products for construction and landscaping...

Stretching the horizons of Teesside industry

northernecho.co.uk: BILLOWING streams of whites and greys into the skyline, Teesside’s industrial landscape is instantly recognisable.

Like candy floss spread across the skyline, plumes of smoke and vapours emerge from factories...

Green light for 700 Teesside jobs as MGT Power sign finance deal for £650m plant

gazettelive.co.uk: The UK’s largest biomass plant at Teesport has almost cleared its final hurdle - giving the green light for hundreds of Teesside jobs.

Work on MGT Power’s “landmark” £650m plant at Teesport could start by the end of the year, after investment firm Macquarie Group signed a deal to finance the scheme.

The long-awaited Teesside Renewable Energy Plant (REP) at Teesport will create 600 construction and 100 permanent jobs...

Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020

edie.net.co.uk: Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.

The water company today (7 July) became the latest firm to sign up the Review - a joint initiative between industry leaders and government ministers that aims to reduce carbon in infrastructure...

Construction milestone for UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant

edie.net.co.uk: First Milk, one of the UK's largest cheese creameries, has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of a bio-energy plant at its dairy factory in Cumbria.

Once operational in early 2016, the plant will generate 1000m3 of biogas a day from waste dairy residue...

EU commission states strong support for biotech sector at the EuropaBio Biotech awards

nnfcc.co.uk: The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety has reiterated the EU Commission’s “strong interest and fundamental support” for the biotech sector, saying that the sector benefits “people, the economy and sustainability”. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis was speaking at the EuropaBio event on the Benefits of Biotechnology held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 3 June, which was attended by more than 100 guests...

Teesport gets fit for the next generation as £22m upgrade takes shape

gazettelive.co.uk: Located less than a mile from the mouth of the River Tees, Teesport handles more than 5,000 vessels each year and 40 million tonnes of cargo.

The 779-acre estate, which is owned by PD Ports, supports industries including steel, petrochemical, manufacturing, engineering, renewable energy and logistics....

Loans for Energy Demonstration Project

nnfcc.co.uk: A new loan scheme was launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission this week. The Energy Demo Projects (EDP) facility under the InnovFin umbrella will provide risk financing and boost the competitiveness of innovative energy technology companies in Europe...

Carbon capture could provide lifeline to North Sea oil

gazettelive.co.uk: Accelerating plans for carbon capture in the North Sea could provide a much-needed lifeline for the region’s offshore sector, a new report suggests.

The study by Edinburgh University says storing carbon from industries such as Teesside’s pharmaceutical sector in the spaces left by oil extraction under the North Sea could provide the benefits needed to kickstart new exploration in the area...

UK has third highest installed ethanol capacity in Europe

nnfcc.co.uk: The European renewable ethanol association (ePure) has today released its annual State of the Industry report, which shows that ethanol prices in Europe dropped by 30% between 2013 and 2014. The amount of renewable ethanol produced in Europe last year rose 13% from 2013 to 6.6 billion litres...

Durham energy firm makes first steps towards solar

bdaily.co.uk: Family-owned property and energy firm the Banks Group is set to move into solar energy development for the first time.

The County Durham-headquartered employer’s renewable energy division, Banks Renewables, has revealed plans for a 5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme on part of the site of its existing Penny Hill wind farm in South Yorkshire...

Next phase of £22m Teesport reconstruction set to create 30 new jobs

bdaily.co.uk: The next phase of the Teesport reconstruction and upgrade project is due to commence in July. Over a seven-month period, an additional 245m of quay will be upgraded to provide further capacity at the Middlesbrough Port.

30 permanent full time jobs will be created by PD Ports as a result of the overall development, of which 21 are already in place...

Funding boost plants seeds of success for Teesside biotech startup

bdaily.co.uk: TeeGene Biotech Ltd, a Teesside University startup business based at Teesside business and science park the Wilton Centre, will undertake a project to extract high value chemicals from plants having received financial backing.

With an innovation grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Network, as well as support from the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant to test and develop its processes, the innovative project can no get off the ground...

£75m low-carbon power deal for giant EfW plant

edie.net.co.uk: One of the UK's biggest ever low-carbon power purchase deals has been signed ahead of the opening of a £300m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Yorkshire later this year.

Multifuel Energy – a joint venture between SSE and US-based Wheelabrator Technologies – has signed a two-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SmartestEnergy for the output from the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 project near Knottingly...

SMEs recognised for their environmental efficiency

bdaily.co.uk: North-East companies which have made significant environmental improvements have been recognised by a Teesside University project which has helped firms save millions of pounds.

The Resource Efficiency Pathways to Sustainable Growth (REPS) programme, based at The Forge at Teesside University, helps companies become leaner by looking at resource efficiency savings from all aspects of business process including use of raw material, energy, water, waste, and product design...

World's smallest biomass power plant arrives in UK

edie.net.co.uk: The world's first mass-produced, fully automated biomass micro power plant has be brought to the UK market, with the developer claiming SMEs could save up to 30% on their energy bills by using the system.

The E3 biomass boiler, which is the smallest of their kind in the world, generates both heat and electricity. A single system can fit through a standard door frame and be installed in less than a day...

Northumbrian Water's 'Power from Poo' production to generate gas as well as electricity

bdaily.co.uk: After three years of generating electricity from sewage treatment, Northumbrian Water is expanding its ‘Power from Poo’ production by also creating gas for the national grid.

The water company already leads the way as the only wastewater company in the UK to use all its sludge remaining after sewage treatment to produce renewable electricity.

It captures the biogas released by bacteria digesting the sludge and uses it to drive engines to create electricity.

Now Northumbrian Water also has the biggest gas to grid plant of its kind in the industry, cleaning and purifying the biogas to create biomethane which is then injected into the grid. The £8m gas to grid plant is in the final stages of commissioning at Howdon at the mouth of the Tyne...

Teesside A&B Dogger Bank Wind Farm

renews.biz.co.uk: The Planning Inspectorate has filed its report of recommendation for Forewind’s 2.4GW Teesside A&B offshore wind farm with the UK government...

New GIB fund unveils first investment in AD

edie.net.co.uk: Green Investment Bank fund manager Foresight has announced a £4m investment in a farm-based anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Old Quarrington, Durham.

It is the first investment by the recently created GIB-backed £50m Recycling and Waste LP fund, unveiled by Business Minister Matthew Hancock in February...

New figures show low-carbon economy is 'within reach'

edie.net.co.uk: Low-carbon industries saw a record turnover of £122bn in 2013, with an annual growth rate of 7.6% since 2010, according to Government figures released yesterday.

"The low-carbon economy that many have talked about is now within reach," said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey. "There is still a long way to go, and we will need to stick to the plans we have put in place. But this Government can be proud of the clean, green energy system it has created."

Energy Minister encourages collaboration between government and industry supply chain

bdaily.co.uk: Energy Minister Matthew Hancock MP challenged the energy sector supply chain to continue with the development of new and innovative solutions to maximise UK resources and take advantage of international opportunities.

Speaking at the NOF Energy annual conference, Energy: A Balanced Future yesterday, Mr Hancock said the Government had been listening to representations from industry to improve the fiscal environment for the energy industry...

ETI: biomass and CCS vital for UK's low-carbon future

edie.net.co.uk: Biomass combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has reiterated.

The public-private partnership, which connects global energy and engineering companies such as BP, Rolls-Royce and Shell with the UK Government, has released a second report in the space of a month that stresses the importance of biomass to the UK's future energy mix...

Bioeconomy ready to boom, says Government report

edit.net.co.uk: The UK bioeconomy could be worth £100bn a year with Government support, claimed a new report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The report, released on Thursday, highlights the economic potential of the bioresources industry, and how Government can help it grow further. It focuses on the opportunities of waste in particular, as the UK generates at least 100 million tonnes of carbon-containing waste a year...

Government lays down the foundations for a UK Bioeconomy

nnfcc.co.uk: The UK Government has published a report detailing the enormous opportunities resulting from growing the bioeconomy. The report ‘Building a high value bioeconomy: Opportunities from Waste’ presents the basis for the growth of the bioeconomy in the UK and the enabling actions required to realise the opportunity.

The report was produced by a cross-Whitehall and public sector working group comprised of Government Departments (DECC, Defra, BIS and DCLG), the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), WRAP and NNFCC...

Durham renewable energy provider completes £160k green hotel transformation

bdaily.co.uk: Newton Aycliffe based Revolution Power, a renewable energy provider, has converted a hotel into a green business after winning a significant six-figure contract.

Revolution has built a 200 kilowatt biomass boiler for Riverdale Hall in Northumberland in a £160k contract.

The boiler, which was constructed on Revolution Power’s site and was transported in large containers to the hotel, heats the entire hotel in its aim to save energy...

Climate-KIC targets cleantech innovations with new funding

edie.net.co.uk: The Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) has launched three new funding projects and competitions to support low-carbon innovations and cleantech business ideas from across Europe.

The three schemes will be launched on Tuesday at the Innovation Birmingham Campus - Climate-KIC's UK outpost - alongside a range of grant-funded education programmes aimed at students, professionals and organisations...

Renewable heat installations warm up with Government incentives

edie.net.co.uk: More than 20,000 domestic installations have now benefited from the RHI The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has subsidised more than 6,000 renewable heat installations in UK homes since opening in April 2014.

Including ‘legacy applicants’ – those who installed a renewable heating system after July 2009 and before April 2014 – more than 20,000 domestic installations have benefited from the RHI...

GIB announces £60m for 2.4GW of community renewables

edie.net.co.uk: The Government's Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced a new £60m investment to fund up to 30 community-scale renewable projects across the UK.

The new finance, announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable on Tuesday, will be the largest single source of equity funding available for UK community-scale projects. Money will go towards towards run-of-river hydro-power, onshore wind on brownfield sites and biogas projects including anaerobic digestion and landfill gas...

Tamar Energy secures industry-first loan to support 'next wave' of AD plants

edie.net.co.uk: Confidence in the anaerobic digestion (AD) market has been reaffirmed with a 'first-of-its-kind' £32m investment from RBS to support the UK's leading AD plant operator.

The finance agreement with Tamar Energy is said to be the first of its kind within the AD sector, providing a seven-year non-recourse project finance facility which will be used refinance Tamar Energy's five existing AD plants and to build the next wave of AD plants currently in Tamar's development pipeline...

AIS launches new £1 million renewable energy campus on North Tyneside creating 12 jobs

bdaily.co.uk: A new state-of-the-art renewable energy centre has been launched on North Tyneside which is expected to attract thousands of potential workers for the fast-growing wind sector.

The new £1 million campus, which has been developed by AIS Training, will deliver all the specialist safety and technical skills training required for the global wind industry and is accredited by leading industry bodies including RenewableUK and the Global Wind Organisation...

Defra report: Waste sector adds nearly £7bn to UK economy

edie.net.co.uk: The waste sector added £6.8bn in gross value to the economy in 2013 and supported 103,000 jobs, according to new government figures released on Thursday.

The report  from Defra – Resource management: a catalyst for growth and productivity – details the recent and potential future contribution of the sector towards wider economic growth...

Free driver training workshops set to provide efficiency boost for North East SMEs

bdaily.co.uk: Small-and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the North East are being offered free fuel efficiency driver workshop packages thanks to a business support partnership between Tadea-UK and Teesside University.

The partnership has been set up to help increase understanding of the ways in which effective education programmes are able to boost fuel efficient motoring and reduce carbon emissions...

Green Investment Bank launches £50m fund for UK waste infrastructure

edie.net.co.uk: Business Minister Matthew Hancock has unveiled details of a £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) into a new fund targeting small-scale recycling and waste management projects across the country.

The new fund, Recycling and Waste LP (RAW), will be matched by at least another £50m from private sector co-investors; to be managed by Foresight Group. It was announced by Hancock earlier today (2 February) during a visit to the £47m Birmingham BioPower project, currently under construction in Tyseley...

Carbon capture: Report sets out 10-point plan for EU policymakers

edie.net.co.uk: A new report has reiterated that North Sea nations have the skills and the storage capacity to deliver a thriving Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industry, with a 10-point plan which outlines the specific support needed from the EU.

The report - A CCS future for Europe: catalyzing North Sea action - released today (29 January) by Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) says that regional carbon capture "clusters" of emitters would have the ability to transform Europe's power sector providing the cheapest transition to a reliable low-carbon future...

Waste plants near completion

thenorthernecho.co.uk: TEESSIDE’S industrial skyline is changing rapidly as work continues on waste-to-energy plants, which are creating and supporting hundreds of North-East jobs.

Air Products is building factories on land near the North Tees Chemical Complex, at Billingham, near Stockton...

CPI leads Euro project to turn food waste to graphene

gazettelive.co.uk: CPI leads Euro Project to turn food waste to graphene. Teesside-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European Collaborative Project that aims to trun food waste into vital raw materials for manufacturing and fuel.

The PlasCarb project will see biogas generated from food waste-to-energy technology anaerobic transformed into renewable hydrogen and graphitic carbon.

CPI, which has sites at Wilton, Sedgefield and Darlington and is part of the Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, will oversee the technical aspects of the project...

Work to start on 1,000-job energy project

thenorthernecho.co.uk: TEESSIDE will become a renewable energy capital after a 1,000-job project secured vital support.

The £600m Tees Renewable Energy Plant yesterday (Thursday, January 22) received crucial European Commission approval.

Bosses say the factory, planned for Teesport, between Redcar and Middlesbrough, will be one of the world’s largest biomass power stations, providing electricity for 600,000 homes...

Teesside Collective launches industrial carbon capture and storage vision

bdaily.co.uk: Major energy intensive industrial plants located in Teesside in Tees Valley will today (Wednesday 21 January 2015) set out their vision of transforming the area into Europe’s first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) equipped industrial zone...

Biomass developers extend Cramlington investment which promises 240 jobs

thejournal.co.uk: Estover Energy expect to start construction in March of a major biomass plant which will feed local drugs manufacturers Aesica and MSD...

Durham becomes first city centre to incorporate a fully-operational hydro-power generator

bdaily.co.uk: Hydro-electricity is being generated at the heart of Durham City after Freeman’s Reach, the Legal & General funded scheme, became the UK’s first city centre development to incorporate a fully-operational hydro-power generator.

Following the completion of a detailed commissioning process, an innovative water turbine is now harvesting energy from the River Wear, which is driving the 100kw generator.

Power generated at Freeman’s Reach is fed directly into the National Grid and distributed throughout its network.  The turbine and generator will be operated and maintained by Durham County Council...

NNFCC's Review of 2014: Our bioeconomy highlights and heroes

nnfcc.co.uk: In years to come, how will we remember 2014? The year cellulosic ethanol came of age? The year crude oil crashed and laid waste to the emerging bioeconomy? These questions and many others will be keenly debated in 2015 but what we can be sure of, is that the fundamental science behind industrial biotechnology continues to move forward at an ever increasing pace and that companies are increasingly keen to move the science of the laboratory out into the technology of industrial production...

North East businesses to benefit from funding extension

bdaily.co.uk: Hundreds of North East businesses are set to benefit after a fund set up to support business growth projects was extended this week.

The North East Business Support Fund (NEBSF), which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, has been extended to June next year. 

The fund has already helped almost 2,000 businesses across the North East, offering support with the costs of projects designed to spur on their growth...

Billingham's Tadea-UK partners with facilities management company Mitie

bdaily.co.uk: Billingham-based energy efficiency organisation Tadea-UK has announced a new partnership with facilities management company Mitie in a deal set up to enhance the delivery of external wall insulation for local authority carbon saving projects in the North East region.

Mitie is one of a number installation companies which have been appointed to a Tadea procurement framework that has generated over £2 million of work since it was set up just six weeks ago.

This framework has been set up to facilitate the delivery of insulation measures across the UK. Mitie is currently working alongside Tadea to deliver a number of social housing projects across the North...

Carbon capture must be fast-tracked as global coal growth deemed 'unsustainable'

 gov.uk: The International Energy Agency (IEA) says global governments must 'radically accelerate the deployment of carbon capture technology' as a new report reveals demand for coal will break the nine-billion-tonne level by 2019.

The organisation's annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report, released today (15 December), concludes that the fate of the global coal market will be determined by China, which will continue to account for three-fifths of demand growth during the five-year outlook period...

UK AD capacity grows 55% in 2013

edie.net: Anaerobic digestion (AD) enjoyed a bumper year in the UK according to the latest sector survey published today (11 November) by WRAP, but Scotland did not contribute to the growth. Related articles
Waste and resource management sector outlines key priorities for next Government.

The number of AD sites in the UK has increased from 87 to 117, while capacity increased by 55% to 3.20mt. This operational growth has led to a boost to employment in the sector - up 36% to 482 full-time jobs...

AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne

edie.net.co.uk: Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

Speaking at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) national conference at Westminster yesterday (9 December), Huhne, who is now a strategic advisor at ADBA, said that AD was not intermittent like renewable technologies such as wind and solar power...

UK biomethane gets subsidy certainty

edie.net.co.uk: A government proposal to introduce subsidy tiers for biomethane plants has been welcomed by the renewables industry.

The announcement comes after a Decc review of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a Government programme that provides financial incentives to encourage the uptake of renewable heat.

The RHI supports biomethane injected into the gas grid by paying a flat rate of 7.5p/kWh to all plants (decreasing to 6.75p/kWh on 1 January), irrespective of their scale...

Food group embraces energy-from-waste with major bio-refineries deal

edie.net.co.uk: Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has signed a multi-million-pound contract to have bio-refineries installed at each of its 43 UK factories.

The company behind the Fox's Biscuits and Goodfella's Pizza brands has put pen to paper with energy-from-waste company H2 Energy in a deal reportedly worth £50m, with the company's CO2 emissions set to plummet by approximately 35,000 tonnes per year as a result of the rollout.

Bio-refineries break down food-waste into biomethane, which is burnt to generate electricity and heat and provides companies with a green and cost-effective way to dispose of site-waste and use it to power their businesses...

Cutting edge low carbon energy projects get £5 million funding boost

gov.uk: Companies developing cutting edge low carbon energy projects in generation, efficiency and storage - such as capturing carbon emissions or turning buildings into power stations - have the chance to bid for an extra £5 million of funding in the fourth round of the Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs’ Fund (EEF).

Today also sees 19 projects being awarded a share of the £9 million available through the third phase of the Fund. They include renewable generation technologies, efficient engines and vehicles, energy management and storage solutions...

Teesside University biochem spin-out venture moves into Redcar's Wilton Centre

bdaily.co.uk: TeeGene Biotech, a spin-out venture from Teesside University, has taken up space at the Wilton Centre after taking part in the icreate entrepreneurs programme.

The firm, which carries out biochemical research, is also exploring anti-ageing product, TeeGene Biotech, targeted at the cosmetics industry.

Dr Pattanathu Rahman, founding director of TeeGene Biotech, is a Senior Lecturer in Process Engineering and Biotechnology at Teesside University with 20 years of research experience...

Wilton's SABIC does green deal in pioneering LNG move

gazettelive.co.uk: Chemical company SABIC says it’s the first chemical company in the world to transport its products by green LNG-powered vessels.

The company has struck a deal with shipowner Anthony Veder to transport its products from Wilton on special ships, in a move that demonstrates a ‘significant commitment by SABIC to the industry and ultimately the River Tees’, according to port bosses.

The vessels Coral Star and Coral Sticho, which have just had their official naming on Teesside, will carry raw materials for the chemical industry from Teesside to manufacturing plants in North-West Europe and Scandinavia...

Financial support up to 30.000€ for SME’s developing biobased innovations

nnfcc.co.uk: SME’s can now access ‘Innovation Coupons’ worth up to 30.000€ to assess the feasibility of an innovative biobased process at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium.

These Innovation Coupons are an initiative of Bio Base NWE, a project to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE). So far, the partnership granted fifteen innovation coupons worth 10.000€ to smaller SME’s to validate biobased ideas. Raising the value of the coupon to a potential amount of 30.000€, provides Bio Base NWE with an extra tool to also assist larger SME’s looking for process-validation and to shorten the time-to-market for biobased innovations in general...

Straw-powered CHP plant to fuel 65,000 homes

edie.net: The UK's first straw-powered renewable energy plant is set to to open in Lincolnshire later this month.

The 38MW Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, which could provide enough electricity to power 65,000 homes, creates energy through the clean and efficient combustion of straw - the by-product of wheat production, taken mainly from farms within a 50-mile radius of Sleaford...

Taking pollution out of our power stations

gov.uk: Minister of State for Energy, Matthew Hancock, signed an agreement with Canada to work together on research and knowledge sharing for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Minister of State for Energy, Matthew Hancock, today signed an agreement with Canada to work together on research and knowledge sharing for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) - a technology which dramatically reduces carbon emissions.

The Joint Statement identifies how the UK and Canada will work together on research and innovation cooperation, knowledge sharing and international engagement and builds on the work both countries already undertake in increasing the use of low carbon technologies...

Work underway on major energy plant

thenorthernecho.co.uk: WORK has started on a major waste to energy plant in the region.

Leeming Biogas, a joint venture between developer JFS and Associates, and Iona Capital, is working on a food waste factory at Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire.

Supported by a major investment from Iona, bosses say it will convert food production waste into biomethane for Northern Gas Networks’ pipeline...

Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

edie.net: The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

What is the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme?

The Renewables Obligation (RO) was introduced by the Government in England, Wales and Scotland 2002, and Northern Ireland in 2005, to encourage the deployment of large-scale renewable electricity in the UK...

Communities can create their own power stations

gov.uk: The Urban Community Energy Fund has been launched today, giving community groups in England the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £20,000, or loans of up to £130,000.

The number of community owned renewable energy schemes in England is set to increase thanks to a £10 million fund unveiled today by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.

The Urban Community Energy Fund will give community groups in England the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £20,000, or loans of up to £130,000 to help kick-start their projects...

North East Enterprise Zone creates 1,000 jobs driving forward growth

bdaily.co.uk: North East Enterprise Zone is playing a vital role in driving forward the economy, creating hundreds of jobs and creating a centre of excellence for the automotive, offshore energy and low carbon sectors, according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Figures released yesterday (Wednesday 12 November) show the Government’s 24 enterprise zones have created 12,530 jobs, attracted 434 new businesses and generated over £2 billion worth of private investment since opening for business...

Redcar and Cleveland College to offer fracking courses

bbc.co.uk: A Teesside college is to become part of a national training centre for the fracking industry.

It follows an announcement by the business and energy minister and United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the body which represents the industry.

Redcar and Cleveland College will offer specialist training and qualifications to students.

It is already working with Tees Valley Unlimited to create a new £7.4m oil and gas academy on its campus...

Edie explains: Feed-in Tariffs

edie.net.co.uk: In this week's 'edie explains' we take a look at the renewables subsidy Feed in Tariffs (FiTs). Although the small-scale focus of the scheme means it's very popular for domestic buildings, it can also benefit many SMEs.

What is the FiT scheme?

Feed-in Tariffs were introduced in the UK on 1 April 2010 with a view to helping the UK meet its legally-binding target of 15% of total energy from renewables by 2020 (up from under 2% in 2009). They are open to households and community groups in England, Scotland and Wales (but not Northern Ireland)...

How renewable energy can contribute towards creating sustainable future cities

bdaily.co.uk: Creating sustainable future cities is a pressing issue that the government has been challenged with for several years. Many components contribute to this such as transportation, technology, infrastructure and employment opportunities. However, possibly the most pressing constituent of all is how to ensure a city sources and distributes its energy as cost-effectively and environmentally friendly as possible.

On the 18th of October 2014 Newcastle was named the most sustainable city in the UK for the second year in a row on the Sustainable Cities Index. This award highlights our regions success in achieving both economic security and environmental preservation, adding to the attractiveness of living in the North East...

Biogas project nears completion

bqlive.co.uk: One of the UK’s largest biogas plants of its kind in the UK - which could power over 2,500 homes – is on track for completion in North Yorkshire.

Biogas plant developer JFS & Associates, in conjunction with City funders, has developed Leeming Biogas to convert waste material from the food production industry into green energy.

The project at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire is expected to be one of the largest facilities of its nature in the country and will provide sufficient green energy to power more than 2,500 homes. Construction of the plant is due to be completed by September 2015...

North-east MEP says region is in 'danger of falling behind' in CCS race

gazettelive.co.uk: A North-east MEP says the region is in ‘danger of falling behind’ in the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) race - as it’s estimated the technology could bring thousands of new jobs to Teesside.

Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling said Teesside is “ideally suited” for CCS - and has called for the technology to become a ‘central element’ in emerging European plans.

CCS stops carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere by transporting it, via pipelines, for storage in underground voids...

Eggborough power station acquired by Czech energy group

bdaily.co.uk: Eggborough Power Ltd, which owns the power station of the same name in North Yorkshire, has been acquired by a Central European energy giant, Energetický a průmyslový holding, subject to approval by the European Union.

This transaction marks EPH’s first acquisition in, and entry into, the UK market.

Eggborough is an independent power producer located in North Yorkshire with a 2GW coal-fired power station comprised of four units which supplies approximately 4% of the power in the UK, equivalent to powering  3 million homes...

Timber industry urges policymakers to back low-carbon economy

edie.net.co.uk: The £8.5bn timber industry will have a significant role in promoting the low-carbon economy according to a report launched by the Timber Accord - an alliance of the UK's timber trade associations.

The report is divided into four key sections: Low-carbon economy; Sustainable jobs & growth; Homes for the future; and Health & wellbeing. It suggests 12 policy areas that the UK Government should focus upon to boost the economy as well as reducing emissions...


Start date set for £320 million North Yorkshire waste facility creating 400 jobs

bdaily.co.uk: Construction is set to start next month on the £320 million Allerton Waste Recovery Park in North Yorkshire, which will create around 400 construction jobs.

North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council have formally signed the contract with developer AmeyCespa to design, construct and operate the waste management facility...

Green Investment Bank supports waste innovation with £33m investment

edie.net: The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has given its financial backing to a new waste treatment facility and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant North Yorkshire, which will process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year. 

The £320m Allerton Park plant will divert more than seven million tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste from landfill during its lifetime and will recover value from almost every aspect North Yorkshire and City of York waste...

Unique Business Competition to Help Early Stage Biotech SMEs Springboard their Business

nnfcc.co.uk: IBLF Awards – Apply now and WIN a £10k voucher to springboard your business.

The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) is an industry led and Government sponsored initiative to drive a bio-economy in the UK. The IBLF delivery team, led by the Knowledge Transfer Network, has developed a brand new and unique business competition aimed at early stage SME’s focusing on a biobased technology or process and who would like raise their profile and access resources to springboard their business...

£5bn in 2 years: Green Investment Bank drives uptake in UK renewables

edie.net.co.uk: David Cameron has praised the positive impact of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which has ploughed more than £5bn worth of investment in 37 green energy investment projects across the country since its inception two years ago.

The Prime Minister was among a number of politicians, leading investors and NGOs that have all hailed the successes of the Government-backed initiative, which has so far mobilised £3 of private capital for every £1 it's invested in projects that deliver a positive environmental impact...

Businesses Urged to take part in Grow Greener Drive

nepic.co.uk: LOCAL businesses are being urged to boost their green credentials, become more efficient and save money.

The programme - hosted by North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) and funded by the European Regional Development Fund - has been helping companies across the region Grow Greener for over two years.

The programme has already supported over 112 companies in the Northeast area and annual savings have been identified in the region of £1.8 million and 5,400 tonnes of CO2 and many Middlesbrough companies are already involved...

NEPIC boss Stan Higgins named European Cluster Manager of the Year 2014

gazettelive.co.uk: The boss of Teesside-based NEPIC has been named European Cluster Manager of the Year 2014.

Stan Higgins, chief executive of the North East Process Industry Cluster at Wilton, fended off competition from across the continent to win the prestitious title.

He was crowned winner at the European Cluster Conference in Brussels...

The SITA Sembcorp Energy from Waste Plant

gazettelive.co.uk: Work is well under way on Wilton 11 - the latest energy-from-waste facility in Teesside’s growing green energy hub.

The £250m plant will create 50 permanent jobs and up to 300 construction roles at peak.

Wilton was chosen after the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) struggled to find a “suitable site with planning consent” locally - and awarded SITA UK the £1.2bn contract to take the county’s household waste...

Hargeaves announces pretax profits of £55.1 million

bdaily.co.uk: Durham-based Hargreaves plc, supplier of solid fuel and bulk materials logistics, has announced pretax profits of £55.1 million, an increase of 6%.

The company also experienced further growth as continuing revenue grew 3.1% to £869.2 million.

Moreover, it was announced that share price increased by 24.4% to 25.5 pence and continuing underlying diluted EPS increased by 7.3% to 124.8 pence...

Shell Springboard - 10th Anniversary

nnfcc.co.uk: Shell Springboard is now open for applications from the UK’s most innovative low-carbon entrepreneurs. Shell is calling on SMEs with big ideas on reducing carbon emissions to enter Shell Springboard for the chance to win a no strings attached cash award.

In 2015, the programme is celebrating 10 years of low-carbon innovation, and for the first time, the Shell Springboard national winner will receive a total award of £150,000 to scale up their business idea. Five further regional winners will each receive £40,000...

Royal visitor opens new energy-from-waste facility on Teesside

sita.co.uk: His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent KG will today (08 October 2014) officially open SITA Consortium’s new energy-from-waste facility at Billingham, Teesside.

The new multi-million pound facility has been developed by SITA UK on behalf of the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership, which comprises Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils.

Operation of the new energy-from-waste facility will allow the three councils to significantly reduce their reliance on landfill and provide residents with a more sustainable waste management service by using waste to produce sufficient electricity to power around 30,000 homes...

Highest wheat yield on record for 2014

nfuonline.com: Highest wheat yield on record thanks to ‘perfect’ weather and crop protection.

The NFU harvest survey was published today and it predicts the average wheat yield for the UK harvest 2014 to be a record high, following a summer of near perfect growing conditions...

NNFCC publishes update to report, ‘AD Deployment in the UK.’

nnfcc.co.uk: NNFCC have announced the publication of an update to their April 2014 report ‘Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Deployment in the United Kingdom,’ as there has been substantial activity in the AD sector in the last six months.

The original report was very well received by the AD industry as it gives, for the first time, an accurate and detailed picture of the pipeline of AD projects throughout all regions of the UK. Containing a comprehensive breakdown of feedstock requirements, installed capacity and output type for each project, it also provides estimated cropping area for all anaerobic digestion plants contained within the NNFCC anaerobic digestion deployment database, which tracks projects from the first public announcement through to operation...

BioVale to develop Yorkshire and the Humber’s bioeconomy, with the help of major investments

yorksciencepark.co.uk: BioVale has secured over £10m of investment to help develop the region as an international centre for bioeconomy innovation and development. The funding will be used to provide dedicated office and laboratory facilities and specialised training for bio-based industry.

BioVale is a new initiative to help businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber capitalise on rapidly growing global markets for products sourced from plants, microbes or waste. Conceived around a year ago, it can now begin to realise its ambitious plans to create jobs in the region and help local companies grow, with over £10m of support from local enterprise partnerships, government and the University of York...

Newcastle University partners with Siemens in £2 million Smart Grid Laboratory project

bdaily.co.uk: Newcastle University has worked alongside Siemens Energy Automation Division to launch a £2 million Smart Grid Laboratory allowing researchers to put the electricity grid through its paces.

The state-of-the-art laboratory will allow researchers to simulate events such as power cuts due to severe weather.

Funded jointly by Siemens Energy Automation Division and the University, the Smart Grid Laboratory will allow experts to simulate changes in energy across the grid...

Carbon storage could lead the northeast’s industrial renaissance

theguardian.com: In the greenhouses of North Bank Growers in Billingham, county Durham, tomatoes grow fat with the help of infusions of CO2 from the GrowHow fertilizer plant a couple of miles down the road.

GrowHow also provides heat to keep England’s most northerly greenhouses at a tomato-ripening temperature, through a separate pipeline that dates from the days when Imperial Chemicals Industries ruled the roost in Teesside. Teesside is still home to 58% the UK chemicals industry, though ICI was dismantled in 2008. Chemicals and industrial plants operating on former ICI sites at Billingham, North Tees and South Tees are responsible for the region having the biggest per capita CO2 emissions in the UK...

Auckland Castle in hot pursuit of £3.5 million geothermal energy project

bdaily.co.uk: Bishop Auckland-based heritage company, Auckland Castle Trust, is planning a £3.5 million project to extract geothermal energy from beneath the town.

Bishop Auckland has been identified as a prime site to deliver the renewable energy source, which would initially be used to heat medieval Auckland Castle but, if the project is especially successful, could also benefit businesses and residents in the town...

SITA UK's Haverton Hill Energy from Waste Plant

gazettelive.co.uk: Plans for a sixth process line at SITA UK’s existing energy-from-waste facility on Teesside have been given the go-ahead by Stockton Borough Council.

Recycling and resource management company, SITA UK, says the decision will create 30 full-time jobs - and allow for the development of additional capacity that could divert up to 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year...

Biomethane supply 'needs urgent Government intervention'

edie.net.co.uk: Biomethane industry executives have called for urgent Government intervention to boost supply of the renewable natural gas, which can be used by businesses as a transport fuel.

Speakers at last week's UK Biomethane & Gas Vehicle conference noted that the market and demand for biomethane has grown exponentially, and now vastly outstrips supply...

Will cutting carbon emissions save the UK money?

theguardian.com: A WWF report has found meeting the UK’s carbon targets could save the country billions of pounds by improving energy security, creating jobs and stimulating new industries. With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.

Efforts to combat climate change will save the UK money and increase the income of householders, according to a report published on Wednesday.

The Cambridge Econometrics analysis, commissioned by WWF, found that meeting the UK’s first four carbon budgets would not only help reduce the impact of climate change on the UK and the rest of the world. By 2030 it would also add £565 to the average household income, increase GDP by 1.1% and create 190,000 jobs...

Industry experts set to speak at Northumberland forestry trade event

thejournal.co.uk: Industry experts will be gathering in Northumberland for the forestry and agricultural sectors’ major trade event, which is returning to the county for the first time in three years.

The Forestry and Firewood Fair, held at Meldon Park Estate near Morpeth on Saturday, September 27, has unveiled a programme of high calibre speakers who will be discussing key topics ranging from funding opportunities and land and tree management to the growing renewable heat and biomass sector...

Six renewable energy targets set for next UK Government

edie.net.co.uk: The renewable energy industry has united to launch a series of 'key tests' for the UK political parties ahead of the next General Election.

Leading renewable energy trade bodies including the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), the British Hydropower Association (BHA), the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Solar Trade Association (STA), have launched a renewables manifesto statement and campaign hosted on the Action for Renewables website...

New brownfield renewable energy projects to power 63,000 homes

edie.net.co.uk: Two former collieries are being given a renewable energy makeover with the construction of a new solar farm and a £200m energy centre together set to generate up to 43.5MW of electricity. 

The larger of the two separate projects will see Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire transformed into a state-of-the-art energy centre, which will use residual waste to generate low carbon electricity and heat...

New coal industry in North East will create hundreds of jobs and create greener energy

thejournal.co.uk: Just over four years ago The Journal first revealed details of a scheme, emerging from Newcastle University, which could lead to the creation of a new North East industry using the region’s abundant, and world-famous, natural resource.

Now, Newcastle-based Five-Quarter is close to putting the first spade into the soil to allow it to tap into the region’s vast remaining coal reserves – and harness its energy in an environmentally friendly way...

Scientists create renewable fuel from E.Coli

farmingonline.co.uk: British and Finnish scientists have reportedly managed to create renewable biofuel from E.Coli bacteria.

Using a strain of bacteria found widely in human intestines, the scientists managed to generate renewable propane. They said their 'proof of concept' findings now need further work, but their method could be a step towards commercial production...

E coli altered to produce propane could fuel vehicles

thetelegraph.co.uk: Common bacteria geneticially altered to produce propane could lead to new way of producing petrol and diesel without drilling for oil.

Petrol and diesel could be replaced by a fuel developed from a bacteria found in the human gut, new research revealed.

Scientists have found a way to use the gut bacteria Escherichia coli - which aids digestion but also can cause stomach illnesses - to help generate propane gas, the liquid petroleum gas used in camping stoves and LPG vehicles...

New £135m fund launched for UK energy projects

edie.net.co.uk: UK venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has today (2 September) announced it has raised £135m for a new infrastructure fund to invest in a diversified portfolio of UK-based clean energy projects.

The Environmental Capital Fund (ECF) will be used to support small-scale hydro power, energy efficiency, heat pump and district heating projects in a bid to meet an increased demand for capital from the UK's rapidly growing clean energy market...

Renewable energy capacity grows at record levels

edie.net.co.uk: Wind, solar and hydro energy grew at its fastest ever pace last year, equating to almost 22% of global power generation, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The Paris-based organisation's third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report estimates that global renewable energy generation will rise by another 45% to make up nearly 26% of global electricity generation by 2020. But it also warns that annual growth in renewable power will begin to slow after 2014, as policy and market risks threaten to slow deployment...

Facilities management sector tackles green skills gap with e-learning initiative

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: Some of Britain's biggest construction firms have come together to launch an online learning service to help facilities managers confront issues such as meeting energy and carbon reduction targets and ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains.

The new virtual green learning platform is being launched next year by the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) an educational support network set up in 2012 that partners big names in the construction industry including Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Carillion and BAM and has grown to over 5,000 members...

Renewable energy toolkit for SMEs Launches

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: A renewable energy toolkit has launched to help small businesses benefit from the "significant opportunities" presented by the demand for green technologies in the UK's low carbon built environment supply chain.

The free toolkit is primarily aimed at suppliers and installers of solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and heat pumps, but will also be valuable to potential investors and procurers of renewable energy technologies, according to its publisher, the Institute for Sustainability...

First PPA price comparison site for renewable energy generators goes live

Greenwisebusiness.co.uk: The first online price comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) has launched, claiming it could earn independent renewable energy generators up to 20 per cent more for their electricity by creating an open market for green energy.

UK-based tech startup, Open Utility, has launched a new online comparison tool that allows renewable energy generators that produce over 30 kilowatt (kw) to shop around for the best quotes for their exported power. Generators of solar, biomass, hydro and wind power can use the platform to find the best offer for their PPA...

Forestry sector could create 1,000 jobs across northern England

bdaily.co.uk: Northumberland County Council has played a key role in developing a new plan which could bring 1,000 jobs to the forestry sector in Northern England.

Roots to Prosperity is a strategy and action plan which proposes investment of around £23 million to unlock jobs and deliver low carbon growth and sustainable economic development across rural and urban communities...

Newcastle law firm appointed to national energy investment panel

bdaily.co.uk: Commercial law firm, Muckle LLP, has been appointed to a national panel to advise Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL).

The manager of a specialist energy efficiency fund into which the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made a £50m commitment...

Government calls for industry feedback as it prepares for CCS deployment

edie.net.co.uk: The Government reaffirmed its commitment to establishing a strong Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) industry in the UK with a scoping document released today (August 7) which summarises the CCS policy and calls for industry feedback.

The document sets out Government aims to continuing engaging with the industry in order to seek views for the second phase of CCS deployment...

Historic former power plant bought by Shepherd Offshore set to create 150 skilled jobs

thejournal.co.uk: The Grade II listed Thermal Syndicate site will see ex-Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd's company expand on banks of River Tyne.

A site which made history as the world’s first to provide electricity to industry will get a new life in renewable energy...

Hundreds of jobs to be created as £160m biomass plant gets the go-ahead

gazettelive.co.uk: A biomass power station on the banks of the Tees will create 20 permanent and hundreds of construction jobs...

Sainsbury's to rollout pioneering heat recycling technology to up to 100 stores

Greenwisebusiness.co.uk: A UK company that has developed a ground-breaking 'heat recycling’ technology is embarking on a major rollout of its innovative system across Sainsbury’s stores.
London-based Geoscart plans to install its pioneering clean technology, which is based on technology used in the gas and oil sector, across up to 100 Sainsbury's shops over the next three to four years.

The first phase of the rollout is being facilitated through a new £15 million loan fund managed by the Macquarie bank that will enable the retailer to cover the initial capital outlay of installations...

Step forward for Teesside carbon capture project as high profile coordinator appointed

thejournal.co.uk: A drive to establish the UK’s first Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) network based purely on industry has taken a major step forward.

Tees Valley Unlimited - the Local Enterprise Partnership for the area- is leading the way on the project, which has the potential to lower industrial emissions, enhance the competitiveness of key industries in the region, and develop a competitive location in which to invest in new plants...

Conference on innovative technologies brings business to the North East

More than 100 international delegates visited the North East yesterday for a conference looking at innovative technologies that could transform the carbon usage of the manufacturing industries.

Construction Starts on Air Products' Second Renewable Energy Facility on Teeside

Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, today broke ground at Air Products’ second advanced gasification Renewable Energy Facility on Teesside. The ceremony, which was hosted by David Taylor, Vice President of Air Products’ Energy Business, marked the start of construction of the facility that will create 750 new jobs over the next 2-3 years and 50 permanent jobs when the plant enters commercial operation...

Government unveils eight major new renewables projects, supporting 8,500 green jobs

Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government’s world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs...

Blyth’s Narec merges with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Blyth-based Narec has merged with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to form a national body that will champion offshore wind, wave and tidal energy...

Energy security is UK imperative says former Minister

The UK’s energy sector desperately needs to formulate a plan to ensure security, a former Energy and Climate Change Minister has told industry leaders...

Chemical Supply Chain Businesses Seek Opportunities In India

A group of 16 North East firms involved in the chemical processing sector supply chain are heading to India in search of new opportunities for the region....

Billingham waste management and property firm in buyout

Billingham-based Impetus have undergone a management buyout with investment from private equity firm Agilitas...

Energy groups pin hopes on carbon capture and storage

The heavy industrial past of Yorkshire and the northeast have bequeathed two legacies: a still vibrant chemical, steel and oil industry and the challenge of powering ...

Biffa Polymers To Ramp Up Production at Wilton

A mothballed Wilton plant that re-opened is due to ramp up production following a £500,000 investment...

Landmark Teesside carbon capture plans move forward

Plans to establish a landmark carbon capture project on Teesside are a step closer to being realised after winning government support through the Tees Valley City Deal...

Tees Valley City Deal will Place the Region at the Forefront of Developing Green Technologies

Tees Valley Unlimited and its local authority and private sector partners have announced the beginning of the Tees Valley City Deal...

Leaders urge action on low-carbon economy

Senior industrialists have met with politicians, urging support for UK-plc or face losing out on major green opportunities ...

Funding boost as Haverton Hill gasifier plant plans move ahead

A pioneering energy from waste plant could be spade-ready by March bosses claim ...

New Couty Durham biogas plant now open for business

gazette.co.uk: A new state-of-the-art food waste plant has opened in County Durham, which will serve the North-east’s need to recycle food waste and create renewable energy.

A new state-of-the-art food waste plant has opened in County Durham, which will serve the North-east’s need to recycle food waste and create renewable energy.

Emerald Biogas has announced the completion of its new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant...

No delay to Wilton energy plant as companies settle out of court

gazettelive.co.uk: Covanta and MWDA have just reached an 'amicable settlement', which puts the massive £1.2bn waste scheme scheme back on track.

A legal battle over a £1.2bn waste scheme coming to Teesside has been settled out of court.

SITA UK won the 30-year contract to turn household waste from Merseyside into green energy from Merseyside Recycling Waste Authority (MRWA) earlier this year - a deal which will see a £200m power plant built at Wilton...

MP defends region's biofuel industry

northernecho.co.uk: A NORTH-EAST MP has defended the biofuels industry from proposed changes which could threaten thousands of regional jobs.  

Redcar MP Ian Swales defended the industry against Oppositon MPs when they used a Westminster debate to urge the Government to consider more alternative sources of biofuels that do not use crop-based products. 

The Ensus bioethanol plant at Wilton, near Redcar employs 100 staff and supports an estimated 2,000 farming, haulage and engineering jobs in the supply chain...

Fujifilm open Billingham biotechnologies base

bdaily.co.uk: A biotechnologies manufacturer has opened a new factory on Teesside, the first of its kind in the UK.

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies has established a purpose-built cell culture facility in Billingham. The base has been commissioned and designed to cater for rapid expansion of the firm’s customer base.

Steve Bagshaw, Managing Director of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited said: "I am delighted that we have been able to build and commission our new GMP mammalian cell culture manufacturing facility in such a short time frame...

Troubled Ensus plant re-started

bdaily.co.uk: Work at troubled Teesside biofuels plant Ensus has re-restarted.

The team behind the Wilton site, which stopped production for the third time in three years in April, kick-started again at the weekend.

People living near the plant have been informed of the start-up which, the company says, comes after the completion of “essential maintenance work” begun in July...

£8m boost for Wilton firm

bdaily.co.uk:  Teesside firm which is developing the latest biopolymers technology has had a £8m boost.

Plaxica, which employs 20 people at the 75-acre Wilton Centre, has raised significant additional finance from its existing main investors, Imperial Innovations, Invesco Perpetual and NESTA.

A technology and licensing company focused on the production of next generation biopolymers and platform chemicals from renewable resources, Plaxica is targeting the rapidly growing global polylactic acid (PLA) market that is expected to reach $1 billion by 2016...

Bond Dickinson advise on major renewables project deal

bdaily.co.uk: Newcastle law firm Bond Dickinson has advised Hertfordshire’s Renewable Energy Systems (RES)Limited on the sale of 18 renewables projects.

The deal was struck with The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG) and was funded by TRIG’s £300m initial public offering, the largest ever flotation of a dedicated UK-based renewable energy fund.

TRIG will be managed on a day-to-day basis by InfraRed as discretionary investment manager. RES has been appointed as operations manager...

Teesside SMEs need to green up their energy use

gazettelive.co.uk: Teesside SMEs need to green up their energy use if they want the orders from the bigger boys - and save on fuel bills into the bargain, say process sector experts.

Kelley Price finds out moreSustainability plans being brought in by top tier companies - such as Marks and Spencer’s far-reaching Plan A campaign - can cause a massive ripple effect down the supply chain, says process sector cluster NEPIC.

It’s launched Grow Greener, a campaign to help companies shrink their energy use while growing their green credentials at the same time...

Landmark £200m energy project brings 75 jobs to Newcastle

bdaily.co.uk: A £200m energy efficiency project has been launched by British Gas across nine North East local authorities.

The investment will create 75 new jobs regionally, as well as up to 500 further jobs in the local supply chain.

Based in Newcastle, the Warm Up North team will tackle fuel poverty, and will help to lower energy bills and make keeping warm more affordable for thousands of North East homes and businesses. Local small to medium-sized companies will be identified as contractors to complete the installation work...

North East team reveal "power from poo" research

bdaily.co.uk: A team of researchers from Northumbria Water and Newcastle University have revealed how sewage plants have the power to run themselves and produce clean energy.

Speaking at the British Science Festival in Newcastle this week, the experts explained how billions of naturally-occurring microbes in sewage could be harnessed to develop a self-powered treatment process and produce valuable hydrogen gas.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the team are now preparing to install the next generation of Microbial Electrolysis Cell technology at a sewage works in Sedgefield...

UK government announces biomass sustainability criteria

bioenergynews.com: The biomass industry must prove it is using sustainable materials from April 2015 otherwise it will lose financial support. This was the message given by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as it announced its new criteria for sustainable biomass production.

According to DECC, the UK's biomass sector – which it estimates is worth over £1 billion (€1.17 billion) in new investment and currently accounts for 38% of the nation's renewable energy supply – will no longer benefit from financial support if it fails to demonstrate that its fuel is sustainable according to the new criteria...

Construction starts on Guisborough farm's waste-to-energy plant

gazettelive.co.uk: Construction has started on a farm-scale energy plant - as the company behind it welcomes Noble Fuels boss Derek Noble to its board of directors.

Stokesley-based JFS & Associates is planning a rapid roll-out of 25 small-scale Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in five years.

It has joined forces with agriculture entrepreneur Derek Noble, pictured, in an appointment facilitated by Stockton-based Archers Law...

Government minded to approve Teesside firm's £450m energy park

thejournal.co.uk: The Government has confirmed it is minded to approve ambitious plans from a Teesside company for a £450m energy park on the South Bank of the Humber.

But the Planning Inspectorate wants further evidence relating to ecological compensation measures and the protection of a local rail line before giving the proposals for Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) the final go-ahead.

The plans, from Billingham-based Able UK, would see a state-of-the-art quayside facility for the manufacture, assembly and installation of offshore renewable technologies, which would create 4,000 jobs directly...

Let's Grow: Grant boosts new laboratory and jobs on Teesside

gazettelive.co.uk: A Let's Grow grant has paved the way for Durham Graphene Science (DGS) to set up a specialised lab on Teesside - and recruit new staff.

DGS, which was established in 2010 by Durham University’s professor Karl Coleman and is a world leader in graphene research to develop its production, was awarded a £53,000 grant from the fund earlier this month.

The Regional Growth Fund grant has allowed the company, which employs seven, to expand its research out of Durham University into a base at the Wilton Centre.

It will also allow it to look at developing a brand new chemical process to manufacture large quantities of high specification graphene...

New biomass sustainability criteria to provide certainty for investors to 2027

gov.uk: From April 2015 biomass industry must show fuel is sustainable or lose financial support.

Biomass electricity will produce over 70% greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuel alternatives, under changes made by the government to ensure the sustainability of wood-fuel used to create energy.

From April 2015, the biomass industry – which is worth over £1bn in new investment and supports over 3,000 jobs – will be required to demonstrate their fuel is sustainable or lose financial support...

£16m waste recycle plant gets go-ahead

bdaily.co.uk: A green company that recycles waste has been given planning permission to build a second centre that will cost £16m and create 100 new jobs.

Earthly Energy, based on the Wilton site near Redcar, has gained approval for a second 5.1MW Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant, which is based on the fermentation of waste and will power up to 5,500 homes.

It comes just months after Earthly Energy’s first plant was built on Teesside, taking the jobs tally up to 200 in a £32m total boost for the region...


Businesses urged to apply for a share of £40m

bdaily.co.uk: Tees Valley industry champion Neil Kenley has urged businesses not to miss out on a share of £40m.

Mr Kenley, Director of Business Investment at Tees Valley Unlimited, issued the call to action at a business networking event organised by the Redcar Enterprise Team.

Around 50 businessmen and women belonging to the Redcar and Cleveland Business Forum gathered at the Palace Hub, Redcar, on Tuesday.

They heard how they might benefit from two Regional Growth Fund programmes - the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund and the Let’s Grow Programme....

Wilton firm Earthly Energy gets green light for second plant at Redcar

gazettelive.co.uk: A Wilton company’s second energy-from-waste plant has been given the green light - just months after work began on its first facility.

Earthly Energy wants to make Teesside a “centre for excellence in renewable energy” and it’s taken another major step forward, with the 5.1 megawatt (MW) plant at Redcar.

The latest success brings the total jobs tally up to 200, in a £32m boost for anaerobic digestion (AD) technology on Teesside...

Emerald Biogas at Newton Aycliffe turning food waste into power

gazettelive.co.uk: Food producers across Teesside have more ways to slash waste costs - thanks to the region's first commercial Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant.

Emerald Biogas, a 1.56 megawatt energy plant at Newton Aycliffe, will chew up 50,000 tonnes of leftovers from the hotels, takeaways and restaurants of Teesside each year.

Companies such as SK Chilled Foods, which employs more than 550 people across three sites at Wynyard, South Bank and Riverside Park Industrial Estate, have already teamed up with the project...

Newton Aycliffe AD plant helps tackle UK food mountain

gazettelive.co.uk: Bosses behind the region’s first commercial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant are calling on Teesside’s food companies to help tackle the UK’s waste mountain.

Emerald Biogas is almost at the end of commissioning - and thanks to its technology, bosses say businesses now have a cost effective way to dispose of their food leftovers.

The Newton Aycliffe plant will take unwanted food from businesses, such as SK Chilled Foods in Middlesbrough, and turn it into green energy...

£25m for advanced biofuel demonstration projects

cabinetoffice.gov.uk: Transport Minister Norman Baker has today announced £25 million of capital funding to enable the construction of demonstration-scale waste to fuel and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK.

The money will be used to underpin significant private sector investment in one or more demonstration-scale advanced biofuel plants in order to drive the development of the UK’s biofuel industry.

Advanced biofuels are made from materials, for example municipal waste and forestry residues, using complex processing techniques. They can produce a wide range of transport fuels including replacements for those used in road transport and aviation...

£250m Blyth biomass power station gets green light

bdaily.co.uk: Plans for a £250m biomass power station in Blyth will go ahead the Secretary of State for Energy has announced.

Located at Battleship Wharf in Northumberland’s Blyth Estuary, the 1000MW power station will generate low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of over 17,000 UK households.

Hertfordshire renewable energy developers, RES, are behind the scheme and say it will bring “hundreds” of jobs to the region during the 2-3 year construction process and 50 permanent posts...

Treasury chief vows to back Teesside manufacturing

northernecho.co.uk: THE Chief Secretary to the Treasury said he was impressed by the "brilliant businesses" he'd seen during a fact finding mission to Teesside.

Danny Alexander visited family run firm AV Dawson, in Middlesbrough, having earlier visited Tag Energy Solutions, at Haverton Hill, Billingham, and EDF Energy's offshore windfarm base at Redcar...

Ensus takeover deal is 'great news' for Teesside

gazettelive.co.uk: News that biofuels plant Ensus has been acquired by a German company has been welcomed by MEPs and industry bosses.

The Wilton bioethanol plant - which is one of the world’s largest - has been sold in an £11.6m share deal to fast-growing CropEnergies AG.

The new owner has confirmed it will invest more than £50m “improving the competitiveness” of the plant, which employs 100 staff and supports 2,000 jobs in the wider supply chain including farmers, hauliers, engineering support and storage firms...

Buyout secures 100 jobs at North-East bioethanol plant

northernecho.co.uk: A MOTHBALLED North-East bioethanol plant is set to restart after new owners announced plans to invest £50m in the troubled site.

The Ensus plant at Wilton, near Redcar, has been bought by CropEnergies AG of Germany, one of the largest bioethanol producers in Europe, which has ambitions to improve the competitiveness of the Tees Valley business...

Troubled Teesside plant bought for £11.6m

bdaily.co.uk: A troubled Teesside biofuels plant has been snapped up by a German firm which is pledging to throw £50m into giving it a new lease of life.

Ensus, based on the Wilton site near Redcar, has been bought by CropEnergies AG  in a £11.6m share deal.

The plant, which cost £250m to build, went offline for a second time in May 2011, for “a number of business and economic reasons”, and the shutdown last 15 months...

A battle between jobs and helping the enviroment

thejournal.co.uk: Lynemouth Power plant in Northumberland faces closure unless it converts to operating exclusively on wood pellets. Peter McCusker reports.

The cost of meeting UK Government and EU regulations is doubling the cost of producing electricity at the Lynemouth Power plant.

With further regulatory cost increases on the way, the owner of the 400MW coal-fired power station on the Northumberland coast says it will not be feasible to operate it beyond 2015...

SITA UK: Work starts on new processing facility at Haverton Hill site

gazettelive.co.uk: Recycling and waste management company SITA UK awarded £2.3m contract for the build work of its new plant to Owen Pugh.

Work has started on a major new ash processing facility at SITA UK’s Haverton Hill site.

The recycling and waste management company has awarded a £2.3m contract for the build work of its new plant to Stockton and Northumberland-based company Owen Pugh...

Waste plant deal will boost firm’s fortunes

thenorthernecho.co.uk: A NORTH-EAST construction firm is celebrating after it won a £2.3m deal to build a waste plant in the region.

Owen Pugh has begun construction and civil engineering work on an ash processing plant at recycling firm Sita UK’s Haverton Hill site, near Stockton.

The facility, which is expected to be completed early next year, will replace an existing plant that processes ash deposits produced by the energy-from-waste process...

NET Power: US firm's power plant plan to boost Teesside and CCS

gazettelive.co.uk: A US company planning a world-first power plant on Teesside will be a “gamechanger” for clean energy, an MP has claimed.

NET Power will use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to ensure its large-scale facility produces zero-emission energy.

And it’s chosen Teesside as its home.

Its UK entity, NET Power Europe, is one of six Teesside projects handed a slice of a £27m pot in the fourth round of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, which was announced yesterday...

The heat is on for householders

gov.uk: Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal...

Suez Environnement invests in UK biobased chemical developer Solvert Ltd

nnfcc.co.uk: In a PRESS RELEASE issued on the 8th July 2013 SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT announced it is investing in the UK’s renewable chemical industry with a new contract to fund the research and development programme of North East technology company, Solvert Ltd.

Solvert aims to develop innovative supply to enable the conversion the organic stream from either municipal solid waste (MSW) and commercial and industrial (C&I) waste into biobased chemicals, namely n-butanol, acetone and hydrogen...

EU and Industry Invest in Growing Bio-based Products

nnfcc.co.uk: The European Commission, EU Member States and European industry is set to invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs.

One of the five public-private partnerships (PPP) to receive an estimated €3.8 billion of funding under the Horizon 2020 initiative is bio-based industries...

Major rethink needed if chemical industry is to meet greenhouse gas targets


nepic.co.uk: The UK Chemical industry requires ‘an urgent and radical rethink’ into how it produces chemicals if it is to play its part in meeting Government’s stringent greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 80 per cent plus by 2050.

That is one of the conclusions of a major new report issued today by the University of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Entitled ‘Can the UK afford (not) to produce chemicals in 2050?’ the report was generated in collaboration with the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) following investigations into chemical sector greenhouse gas emissions...

UK targets growth in industrial biotechnology


nnfcc.co.uk: Industrial biotechnology could be worth £12 billion to the UK economy by 2025, but just how is the UK capitalising on this new market opportunity?

Industrial biotechnology (IB) – the use of biological substances, systems and processes to produce material, chemicals and energy – is expected to play a vital role in the creation of a new low carbon economy in the UK...

£15m fund for rural energy projects opens to applications

gov.uk: Rural communities across England that aspire to generate their own clean green power are being offered a helping hand.

Rural communities across England that aspire to generate their own clean green power are being offered a helping hand today with the launch of a £15 million Government fund.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which opens to applications today, is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission...

Estimates of shale gas resource in North of England published, alongside a package of community benefits

gov.uk: Findings from the British Geological Survey into the potential volume of shale gas in the Bowland Basin and beyond.

The Government has today announced findings from the first independent study conducted by the British Geological Survey, of the potential volume of shale gas in the Bowland Basin and beyond, which covers 11 counties in the North of England...


New energy infrastructure investment to fuel recovery

gov.uk: New details of reforms vital to keeping the lights on and emissions and bills down.

Government action to unlock up to £110 billion energy infrastructure investment and support up to 250,000 jobs by 2020.

Capacity Market to be initiated in 2014 to bring on gas and other flexible electricity supply to meet future demand and reduce risks to security of supply from winter 2018.

Renewable Strike Prices to help renewables contribute more than 30% of total power by 2020...

GSA Environmental green change on oil

gazettelive.co.uk: A company is pioneering ways of making heavy crude oil processing more efficient and green - and it's all happening here on Teesside.

GSA Environmental (GSAE) has become the latest tenant to take space at the Wilton Centre’s Innovation Accelerator (IA).

The worldwide dash for oil is on - and new processes are being developed by major licensors around the globe to maximise the yields of crude oil...

Surgo scoop £3m waste plant contract

bdaily.co.uk: North East construction firm Surgo have secured a contract to build two anaerobic digester plants with a combined value of £3m.

Stokesley-based JFS & Associates have appointed Surgo, who will work closely with a German technology partner to construct the 6 metre high concrete tanks at sites in Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

Working on a joint venture basis with farmers and landowners, JFS has ambitious plans to build, own and operate some 25 plus AD plants representing a 2.5% market share of the Government’s targeted 1,000 plants...

Stockton bio firm in £4.4m MBO

bdaily.co.uk:  Stockton-on-Tees based CBio has undergone a management buyout, in a deal worth £4.4m.

CBio recently announced it had doubled its European exports after landing a series of Lithuanian orders.

The managing team comprises managing director, Ben Hoskyns and development director, Dr Tony Brooke...


Clegg states importance of low carbon in UK

bdaily.co.uk: Nick Clegg has stressed the importance establishing energy diversity in the UK, as he spoke at Siemens in Newcastle today.

During a question and answer session with Siemens’ staff, apprentices and local business operators, the Deputy Prime Minister reaffirmed the view that low carbon energy was an important part of the UK’s energy mix.

He said: “We were dependent on fossil fuel imports from often quite unstable parts of the world. As a country, we’ve got to spread our bets. As a government we’re trying to move to a much more diverse mix of energy generation, and of course as much as possible should be low carbon...

The UK is literally blowing away the competition

thenorthernecho.co.uk: Britain is leading the world in the drive towards developing a low carbon economy. Nigel Burton reports on how a company on Teesside is helping to make it possible.

TEESSIDE was at the heart of the first industrial revolution. Indeed, the area largely owes its existence to the insatiable demand for coal, iron and steel that characterised the 19th Century...

Tees Renewable Energy Plant is hit by policy delays

gazettelive.co.uk: Plans for a major biomass plant at Teesport are still under way - but UK energy policy delays are slowing the project.

Share on printShare on email MGT Power chiefs had hoped a final investment decision on the £600m Tees Renewable Energy Plant would be in place by now.

But Department of Climate Change (DECC) hold-ups to key decisions, including the fixing of subsidies for new-build projects, are creating too much uncertainty...

Planting campaign proves a slow burner for Teesside farmers

gazettelive.co.uk: A series of poor harvests has pushed up demand for cereal crops - and farmers are sticking with their cash cow.

Soaring prices of cereal crops means hardly any Teesside farmers have made the switch to energy crops to feed the area’s wood-burning power station.

Sembcorp’s Wilton 10 gobbles up 300,000 tonnes of wood a year to generate enough electricity to power 55,000 households.

But a series of poor harvests has pushed up demand for cereal crops - and farmers are sticking with their cash cow...


Air Products' Billingham energy plant takes a huge step forward

gazettelive.co.uk: Huge 200-tonne gasifier hoisted into place after being shipped to Teesside and driven by wagon along a carefully-planned route.

A giant gasifier the size of a house has been hoisted into place at a new energy plant in Billingham.

Build work on Air Products’ ground-breaking 49.8 megawatt site has taken a major leap forward now the huge piece of kit has arrived on Teesside by ship...


£54m smart grid project completes first pilot stage

bdaily.co.uk: The UK’s largest ‘smart grid’ project has completed the first stage of its research into electricity consumption after establishing a series of on-going trials with 12,000 customers in Yorkshire and other areas across the North East.

Led by Northern Powergrid, the electricity distribution network operator for the North East and Yorkshire, the £54m Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project is testing a number of innovative solutions to ensure Britain’s electricity networks are fit for the future and ready for mass uptake of low carbon technologies, such as solar PV, heat pumps and electric vehicles...


£150m Port Clarence energy plant plans are back on track

gazettelive.co.uk: New multi-million pound proposals to develop a new plant - which would convert locally-sourced waste wood into power - have emerged.

Shelved plans for a major new biomass energy plant at Port Clarence are being resurrected.

Proposals for a £150m facility were unveiled by Bio Energy Investments (BEI) in 2009.

But the project, known as BEI-Teesside, stalled after it struggled to attract funding...


Coal project could boost Carbon Capture and Storage ambition

gazettelive.co.uk: Five Quarter will tap into one of the biggest deep-sea coal reserves in the world, in the North Sea.

A groundbreaking North Sea coal project can lend more weight to Teesside’s rejected bid for a Carbon Capture and Storage network, bosses have claimed.

Five Quarter will tap into one of the biggest deep-sea coal reserves in the world, in the North Sea.

Now bosses are almost ready to start spending a £15m Regional Growth Fund win...


Purac Puregas announce plans for UK's biggest biomethane to grid plant

nnfcc.co.uk: Purac Puregas Ltd has announced a deal to supply Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) with a biomethane to grid upgrading plant.

The deal, which was announced on the 17th May, is significant because of the size of the project.

Jan Molin, Managing Director of Purac Puregas, said: "This contract award represents a significant step change in the scale of biogas upgrading projects in the UK and it's a great honour to have been selected to work with SGN."...


DRD Power hail waste heat transformation trial a success

gazettelive.co.uk: A pioneering Teesside pilot to transform waste heat from industry into power has clocked up 3,200 successful hours - and will now be trialled by another company.

Large process plants waste vast amounts of heat, but Wilton-based DRD Power has a solution.

The company has been generating electricity from the waste heat produced by Huntsman Pigments’ manufacturing plant in Greatham, Hartlepool...

Emerald Biogas plant, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, will process 50,000 tonnes of waste every year

northernecho.co.uk: PIERCING changeable skies and withstanding inclement conditions, it once stood like a beacon, a dominant structure overshadowing its environment with ease.

A real sign of strength, it was symbolic of an ongoing revolution in North-East energy production.

The looming figure, a crane, has now long gone, its red and white-coloured components removed with military precision by a team of engineers...

Renewable Heat Premium Payments to double

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: Grants to help households invest in renewable heat technologies are to double, the Government has announced.

Money off vouchers available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme are rising from £300 to £600 for solar thermal systems from £950 to £2,000 for biomass boilers, from £850 to £1,300 for air source heat pumps, and from £1,250 to £2,300 for ground source heat pumps, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said. In order to claim for them, householders will now be required to undertake a Green Deal assessment...

Region's renewables skills in the spotlight

gazettelive.co.uk: Energy firms showcased their capabilities at an event that was held at the Palace of Westminster.

The North-east’s offshore renewables capabilities have been showcased at an event at the House of Commons.

Energi Coast, in conjunction with NOF Energy, Subsea North East and Tees Valley Unlimited, were at the event which was sponsored by Redcar MP, Ian Swales, and held at the Palace of Westminster...

EU offers millions for green ideas

bdaily.co.uk: The EU is offering €31.6 million to pre-start ups and companies looking to develop green products and technologies.

The forthcoming EU funded Eco Innovation call, which was discussed by UK academics and businesses last week at an information day held by Enterprise Europe Network North East, is open mid-May and forms a part of the EU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP)...

NNFCC and CNG Services win WRAP funding to assess feasibility of biogas networks

nnfcc.co.uk: WRAP has awarded funding to a partnership between bioeconomy consultants NNFCC and biomethane injection specialists CNG Services to assess the feasibility of developing biogas networks in the UK.

NNFCC and CNG Services will work in partnership to assess the feasibility of biogas networks in the UK, using a group of Cheshire farmers as a test case.

Biogas networks offer small-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) developers the opportunity to combine their resources to cut the cost of selling gas to the national grid...

County Durham biogas power plant generates new jobs

thejournal.co.uk: AN £8m waste plant in County Durham has created 40 new jobs as part of a second construction phase.

Emerald Biogas, based at Newton Aycliffe, will process waste supplied from local authorities, food manufacturers and retailers from across the North East as the first commercial food waste plant in the North East...


The px group take fat chance to land London deal

gazettelive.co.uk: TEESSIDE-BASED energy industry specialist, the px group, has won a contract to operate the world’s largest fat-fuelled power station, currently under construction in Beckton, East London.

When complete, the combined heat and intelligent power (CHiP) plant will produce 130 Gigawatt hours (GWh) a year of renewable electricity - enough to run 40,000 average-sized homes...


UK clean energy sector gets investment boost from UAE

thejournal.co.uk: BRITAIN’S clean energy sector received a boost after a deal which could see a billion pounds of investment from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was signed.

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s state-backed renewable energy firm, signed a memorandum of understanding to consider opportunities to invest in green infrastructure projects in the UK over the next seven years...

Ministers attend North-East renewables showcase

northernecho.co.uk: AN event has been held at the House of Commons to showcase the North East's impressive offshore renewables capabilities 

Sponsored by Redcar MP, Ian Swales, the event was attended by renewables group Energi Coast, in conjunction with NOF Energy, Subsea North East and Tees Valley Unlimited...

New £8 million Food Waste Facility Nears Completion

bdaily.co.uk: A new £8million anaerobic digestion facility in County Durham is only weeks away from completion as the project successfully reaches the end of its first phase of construction.

As the building of the north east’s first commercial food waste facility at Emerald Biogas nears completion, the team are now busy planning the second phase after successfully securing a number of feedstock contracts for food waste...


Teesside chemical boss (Higgins) says region's industry is key to waste to energy programme

nepic.co.uk: THE North-East is at the forefront of an industrial revolution, sitting as the catalyst that will spur increased multi-million pound waste-to-energy projects, a chemical industry leader has claimed.

Dr Stan Higgins, chief executive of the North-East Process Industry Cluster, says the £1.2bn deal struck by Sita UK and Sembcorp UK to build a £250m plant to turn 430,000 tonnes of household waste from Merseyside into energy at Wilton, near Redcar, is integral to the UK's energy sector...

Work starts on Teesside green energy plant

gazettelive.co.uk: AN energy-from-waste technology has taken a huge commercial leap forward on Teesside, as a new biogas plant has broken ground.

Construction has begun on Wilton-based Earthly Energy's 5.1 megawatt plant at Middlesbrough's Riverside Park - Kickstarting a "very exciting" £32m phase of inward investment, according to chiefs...

Deal expands Hartlepool firm Seneca Global Energy

thejournal.co.uk: HARTLEPOOL-BASED Seneca Global Energy has bought a company in Yorkshire operating a large disposal site generating enough renewable energy to power 4,000 homes.

The resource recovery and renewable energy company has bought the shares in Caird Barton, which operates the landfill site and recycling centre at Peckfield near Leeds, from joint owners Aggregate Industries and Shanks Group for an undisclosed sum...

£200m power plant at Wilton is fantastic news for Teesside

gazettelive.co.uk: A SCHEME to make green energy on Teesside from Merseyside household waste has been hailed as good news for our area.

The £1.2bn deal - revealed yesterday by the Gazette will see a new £200m power plant built at Wilton to process the Merseyside waste...


nepic.co.uk: Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, SITA UK and Sembcorp UK have today announced that plans for the development of a new energy-from-waste facility at the Wilton International site have taken a significant step closer with the appointment of SITA UK and Sembcorp UK as the Preferred Bidder for the Merseyside and Halton Waste Resource and Recovery Contract...

North East firms advise on Farmway sale

thejournal.co.uk: TWO North East firms have advised agricultural merchants Farmway on the sale of its business to a Devon farming co-operative.

Corporate finance experts from the Newcastle office of Ward Hadaway provided legal advice to Darlington-based Farmway on the sale of its trading assets to Mole Valley Farmers...

Teesside pilot plant to work on converting gas into crude oil

nepic.co.uk: THE North-East's petrochemical industry is helping to drive forward the next generation of cutting-edge energy production after the opening of a new plant.

Technology firm Gas2 has built a pilot plant at the Wilton Centre, near Redcar , to carry out tests throughout the year on converting natural gas into synthetic crude oil...


Teesside carbon capture project may be re-ignited with European funding backing

northernecho.co.uk:  northernecho.co.uk: A LARGE-SCALE North-East energy project rejected by the Government could be revived.

The Teesside carbon capture and storage project (CCS), which would have been based on the Wilton International chemical complex, near Redcar, last month lost out to rival schemes in Aberdeenshire and Selby, in North Yorkshire...

New €6.2 million project to help European SME’s drive growth in the bio-based economy

nnfcc.co.uk: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project “Bio Base NWE” to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE)...

EU NER funding guidance issued for UK carbon capture and storage developers

decc.co.uk: CCS developers have been issued Government guidance on applying for European NER 300 funding...

Plant for waste Energy

thejournal.co.uk: A NEW £300m energy from waste plant is to be built on Teesside, creating up to 700 jobs during construction and 50 permanent jobs, after a deal was signed between government and Air Products.

The facility, next to the North Tees Chemical Complex near Billingham, will provide renewable electricity for up to 50,000 houses...

Royal Dahlman project in collaboration with NNFCC shortlisted for gasifier pilot funding

nnfcc.co.uk: The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced the shortlist of companies vying for £2.8 million in funding to build an energy from waste gasification demonstrator plant...


Ward Hadaway plays key role in green deal

thejournal.co.uk: LAW firm Ward Hadaway has advised on the second in a series of pioneering green power developments across the North.

The UK Top 100 firm has advised renewable energy company JFS & Associates on the latest in its series of joint ventures with farmers to install and build anaerobic digestion (AD) plants to generate green energy.

The first of these developments was set up at a farm in Ponsonby in West Cumbria towards the end of last year...

BBSRC urges industry to participate in steering UK bioenergy & biotechnology research

nnfcc.co.uk: The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has issued a call to UK organisations that are commercialising biotechnology and bioenergy to become a member of a BBSRC Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Network...

UK reaches 100 anaerobic digestion plants milestone

nnfcc.co.uk: The burgeoning anaerobic digestion (AD) industry in the UK has reached a “significant” milestone, as the number of AD plants outside of the water industry has passed 100 for the very first time.

The official figures gathered by bioeconomy consultants NNFCC and WRAP, reveal that the number of AD plants in the UK has nearly doubled since September 2011, when a comprehensive baseline report was published...

North East industry showcased at Mumbai chemical conference

bdaily.co.uk: North East industry was showcased at a conference in Mumbai, with many chemical executives from the region speaking at the event.

Over 200 leaders from the global chemical industry were in attendance at the 6th annuaI Indian Chemical Council (ICC) Industry Outlook Conference in Mumbai, organised in partnership with NEPIC.

Middlesbrough Biogas Plant Preparing for Construction

earthlyenergy.co.uk: Pre-construction has commenced on Earthly Energy's first anaerobic digestion plant.

The site, located in Middlesbrough, has been cleared and prepared for the beginning of a very exciting phase of inward investment into AD in the UK...

Emerald Biogas Announces Recruitment Drive To Power Green Energy Plant

emeraldbiogas.com: A new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, which is set to officially open in May, is recruiting for staff to operate the plant.

Emerald Biogas, the North East’s first commercial food waste AD facility is currently under construction at Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate and once launched will make a significant contribution to the region’s renewable energy sector.

Dawson signs deal for site of £16m energy plant

av-dawson.co.uk: MULTIMODAL logistics company, AV Dawson, has signed a 40-year-deal to site a pioneering waste-to-energy plant at its Riverside Park base in Middlesbrough, North East England.

Greenlight AD Power’s energy plant is the first project in the UK to benefit from the Government’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) with funding of £8m matched with funding from the private sector.

North East biogas energy project underway

bdaily.co.uk: Construction is near to completion on an £8m renewable energy project that will use food waste to power 2,000 homes.

Work on the County Durham-based anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is expected to end in March, and the site will start producing heat and energy from May 2013...

International CCS network launched with UK involvement

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: The first international network to work collaboratively on carbon capture and storage (CCS) was launched today.

The network is being led by CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway and includes UK-based engineering firm DOOSAN Power. The international network will enable testing centres from around the world to openly communicate and share information. The network allows all participants to more efficiently research CCS...

ENER-G partners with Seneca over landfill energy project

bdaily.co.uk: A rubbish renewable energy project in the North East has gained backing from a new partnership between Seneca Global Energy and ENER-G.

The scheme, which hopes to generate up to 3.8 megawatts of energy by capturing methane rising from landfill sites in Blaydon, near Newcastle, Longhill, Hartlepool and Gilberdyke in Hull...

Project well underway at emerald biogas for new green energy plant

emeraldbiogas.com: A new £8million anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, which will help to process food waste from across the north east and generate renewable energy for the local area, is now in development in County Durham.

The north east’s first commercial food waste facility at Emerald Biogas on Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate is set to launch in the coming months. Following the completion of the foundation works, construction of the buildings is now also complete and the installation of the AD process equipment is planned for late January, with commissioning due to start in March. Moreover, Emerald Biogas is confident that the facility will start utilising food waste and producing heat and power from May onwards...

Drax secure £100m green investment

bdaily.co.uk: Power station operator Drax has secured a £100m loan from the Government’s Green Investment Bank to develop a biomass-fuelled electricity generator.

Drax already has £223m as a foundation for the investment, and this latest investment will help to fulfil the plans...

Deal Secured with Green Investment Bank

earthlyenergy.eu: Greensphere Capital is delighted to announce an investment in Greenlight AD Power. Greensphere Capital is committing an initial investment of £16 million into the construction of a 5.1 MW capacity AD plant in Teesside, with a view to rolling out further plants at pre-identified sites in what is likely to be the leading Anaerobic Digestion (AD) platform in the UK...


Region secures share of £30m Government Fund

northernecho.co.uk: MULTI-MILLION pound investments have been announced to bolster the region’s research and development capability and create skilled jobs.

The Biomod project, led by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based in Wilton, east Cleveland, has been earmarked for a share of a £30m Government fund to support advanced manufacturing...

Bioresources Businesses really are BeauTi-Fuel

nepic.co.uk: The 5th Annual NEPIC International Bioresources Conference took place on 22 November and proved to be truly Global, with projects presented from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Held at the Vermont Hotel Newcastle, 100 delegates were fascinated by the progress being made in the production of renewable energy, fuels, materials and crops. The whole supply chain was covered from farming to consumer products being discussed during the day.

NEPICs John Brady opened the conference by welcoming the international audience and explaining that in Northeast England we are most definitely on the way to a low carbon industry, with as many as 30 investment projects either delivered or underway. John gave examples of such as the Ensus and Harvest Energy Biofuels Plants, the Plaxica Biopolymer and FujiFilm Biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and the Cluster’s grower network, which is now made up of some 500 farmers...

PD Ports announce plans to expand in biomass market

gazettelive.co.uk: A FACILITY to transform Teesside into a major port for biomass has been revealed.

If the project by Teesport owner PD Ports goes ahead, it would put Teesside in the vanguard of UK port handling for biomass, as the country moves away from coal-fired power stations...

Redcar-based DRD ready to roll out new technology

gazettelive.co.uk: A groundbreaking Teesside pilot to recover waste heat from power plants and factories is ready to be rolled out.

Redcar-based DRD Power’s system is the first to capture the vast amounts of low-grade heat created by large industrial facilities and turn it into green electricity...

Government competition aims to fast-track CCS development

theengineer.co.uk: Commercial-scale UK carbon capture and storage (CCS) has moved a step closer with the news that four projects have been shortlisted for the next phase of a £1bn government competition.

The UK government plans to use the scheme to fast-track the development of CCS technology, which could allow the safe removal and storage of harmful carbon emissions from coal and gas plants...

Short list for UK’s £1bn CCS competition announced

decc.gov.uk: Four bidders have been short listed for the next phase of the UK’s £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition.

The UK is providing funding to support the development of CCS technology, which if developed at scale, could allow the safe removal and storage of harmful carbon emissions from coal and gas plant...

Teesside Low Carbon selected for next phase of UK Carbon Capture and Storage competition

progressive-energy.com: Teesside Low Carbon is pleased to announce that its Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project has been selected as one of the successful projects to go through to the next phase of the UK CCS Commercialisation competition...

Air Products to Outline Plans for a Second Renewable Energy Plant in Tees Valley

airproducts.co.uk: Air Products will outline plans to construct and operate a second renewable energy facility on Teesside at public exhibitions to be held next week in Billingham. Using the latest advanced gasification technology provided by AlterNRG, the proposed scheme will convert industrial and commercial waste into 50MW of renewable energy...

Plaxica's Demonstration Plant Enters its Commissioning Phase

plaxica.com: An important milestone was reached this week with the start of chemical commissioning of Plaxica’s demonstration plant at Wilton, Cleveland UK.  The plant has been constructed by ETDE on a fast track programme over the last six months and was handed over on time, on budget.  Construction was achieved with zero accidents...

Tees Valley carbon capture vision outlined to Westminster

bdaily.co.uk: Over 40 North East industrialists have briefed 20 MPs in Westminster on the opportunity for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Tees Valley.

The briefing involved presentations on technical concepts by Mike Huggon, MD of BOC; the business impact by Keith Brudenell, site director of Growhow; and the investment outcomes by Neil Kenley, business investment director of Tees Valley Unlimited...

16million for carbon cutting entrepreneurs

decc.co.uk: Low carbon innovation is today being given a big injection of cash with the launch of a £16million fund for entrepreneurs to develop new ideas.

The first phase of the Entrepreneurs Fund, part of a £35million fund announced earlier this year, is now open to applications.  There is up to £10million available to support energy efficiency technologies such as building control systems, advanced lighting systems, and space heating and cooling technologies. There is also up to £6million available for power generation and energy storage technologies including fuel cells, biomass boilers and heat pumps...

Europes largest biorefinery to restart in UK

bioenergy-news.com: Bioethanol producer Ensus has announced the restarting of its £300 million bioethanol plant in Teesside, UK by the end of August after a 15-month enforced shutdown.

The move follows the closure of a loophole in the tariff system by the European Union’s Customs Code Committee which allowed imports of subsidised US product to distort the market. Coupled with the ending of the US taxpayer subsidies for ethanol means Ensus is confident improved market conditions makes the restart a good idea...

Emerald Biogas AD Plant gets go ahead

bdaily.co.uk: A new biogas energy plant is set to make a major contribution to renewable energy production in the North East.

Emerald Biogas has chosen County Durham to locate its anaerobic digestion facility, which will be capable of producing 1.4MW of electricity per annum from food and farm waste...

Worlds largest renewables plant for Tees Valley

bdaily.co.uk: Air Products has chosen the North East to locate the world’s largest renewable energy plant, bringing hundreds of jobs with it.

The Tees Valley plant, located at the New Energy and Technology Business Park near Billingham, will be the largest in the world, and is expected to produce enough electricity to power up to 50,000 homes and create up to 700 construction jobs...


Hundreds of Jobs at £600m Power Plant on Teesside

gazettelive.co.uk: Hundreds of jobs will be created after plans for a £600m "green energy" power plant cleared the final hurdle...

Greenergy purchases terminal assets at Teesside

greenergy.com: Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, today announced that it has purchased assets at the former Petroplus facility in Teesside from the joint administrators of Petroplus Refining Teesside Ltd, PwC...

Renewable energy to bring £25bn of investment into uk economy - Davey

decc.gov.uk: Changes to subsidies for renewable electricity could incentivise between £20 billion and £25 billion of new investment in the economy between 2013 and 2017. The Banding Review for the Renewables Obligation will support jobs and deliver more clean power with a reduction in costs to consumers between 2013 and 2015, Ministers said...

Renewable energy: Onshore wind subsidy to be cut by 10%

bbc.co.uk: The subsidy for onshore wind energy generation is to be cut by 10%, the government has announced. The Treasury is thought to have favoured a larger cut of up to 25%. It is one of a number of cuts which the Department for Energy and Climate Change said should encourage up to £25bn in new investment in energy generation between 2013 and 2017...

Davey: Electricity Market Reforms will keep the lights on, bills down and air clean

decc.gov.uk: Keeping the lights on, consumers energy bills down and creating cleaner electricity to help tackle climate change, are the three goals of ambitious draft electricity market reform legislation published today...

Davey: Climate change policies could halve negative impacts of energy price shocks

decc.gov.uk: The negative impact that spikes in global oil, gas and coal prices have on the UK could be reduced by over 50% in 2050 as a result of climate change policies, Edward Davey said today...

Strong interest for CCS competition

decc.gov.uk: The Government has today published a list of companies that have signalled their intention to apply to the new UK CCS competition. Publication of the list is aimed at encouraging further discussion within the CCS industry to support collaboration between companies and any interested suppliers...

Government launches carbon capture and storage programme

bdaily.co.uk: Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has launched a new competition for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)...

CCS commercialisation programme

decc.gov.uk: The CCS Commercialisation Programme has been developed in close collaboration with industry, with two open Industry Days held in December ’11 and February ’12...

£13m ETI project looks to develop super efficient gasification plant

greenwisebusinessnews.co.uk: The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has today launched a 'request for proposals’ for a new £13 million project to help design and build a next generation energy from waste demonstration plant that could generate energy at efficiencies significantly higher than previously produced...

Joint venture to develop £300m multi-fuel generation facility

recyclingwasteworld.co.uk: SE and Wheelabrator Technologies have entered into a 50:50 joint venture to develop a £300m multi-fuel generation facility at SSE’s Ferrybridge power station in West Yorkshire...

UK CCS Commercialisation Programme

decc.gov.uk: On 03 April 2012 the Government launched our new CCS Commercialisation Programme in order to support practical experience in the design, construction and operation of CCS...

Eston Grange Power Project vies for carbon capture prize in £1bn competition

nebusiness.co.uk: Bosses behind a major project to cut emissions from industry say Government has a golden opportunity to safeguard Teesside’s economic future by choosing the scheme in a £1bn competition.

Investment talks as Teesside's Enterprise Zone goes live


nebusiness.co.uk: Teesside's Enterprise Zone has gone live with regeneration chiefs saying they are in “advanced talks” to bring investors to the region. The zone, which came into being yesterday, will offer firms moving to the area benefits including business rate relief, which provides a discount of up to £55,000 for five years...

Renewable Heat Incentive tariff adjustment for the year from 1 April 2012

decc.gov.uk: The tariffs set out in the table have been increased by 4.8%, which was the increase in the retail price index in 2011. As set out in the RHI Regulations, tariffs are rounded to the nearest 10th of a penny. Therefore, the large biomass tariff has remained unchanged at 1p/kWh.

Boost for UK CCS as Samsung takes stake in £3bn Don Valley project

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: The UK’s bid to lead the world in carbon capture and storage (CCS) received a boost this week as Korean industrial giant Samsung agreed to take a strategic stake in the £3 billion Don Valley Power Project in South Yorkshire...

Evergreen Gas wins contract for 50kW farm anaerobic digestion plant

recyclingwasteworld.co.uk: Evergreen Gas, a new British anaerobic digestion (AD) technology provider, has been awarded the contract to design, build and commission a 50kW on-farm anaerobic digestion plant at the Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre near Carlisle in Cumbria...

Evergreen Gas wins contract for 50kW farm anaerobic digestion plant

recyclingwasteworld.co.uk: Evergreen Gas, a new British anaerobic digestion (AD) technology provider, has been awarded the contract to design, build and commission a 50kW on-farm anaerobic digestion plant at the Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre near Carlisle in Cumbria...

Government Backs North East Partnership to Boost Exports

necc.co.uk: Three of the region's leading business support companies have joined forces to drive forward the performance of North East exporters.

A consortium which includes the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), RTC North and the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) has been awarded a £3.6m contract by UK Trade & Investment to deliver export services across the region...

North East partnership set to boost exports

bdaily.co.uk: A trio of North East business support agencies have joined forces to deliver a £3.6 million UK Trade and Investment contract, aimed to help more exporters in the region...

Northumbrian Water install £1.3m hydro power technology

bdaily.co.uk: Northumbrian Water is building on its green credentials, after the installation of a £1.3 million hydro power generation unit at its Mosswood water treatment works...

Plaxica set to double size of its Teesside operation

nebusiness.co.uk: A technology and licensing company is doubling the size of its Teesside operation with the launch of a pilot plant that will demonstrate the conversion of bio-renewables into polymers using break-through technology...

Government asks businesses for energy data to support £250m green policy relief

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: The Government has today called on companies and trade bodies to provide it with information and data to help shape a £250 million scheme aimed at shielding the UK’s most electricity-intensive industries from the rising cost of green policies...

Government launches £20m carbon capture innovation fund

businessgreen.com: The government has launched a £20m competition to encourage the development of innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems and components...

Green Investment Bank for Edinburgh and London

bis.gov.uk: The headquarters of the GIB will be located in Edinburgh, with the GIB’s main transaction team based in London. This arrangement will enable a greater commercial reach nationally than could be achieved from one location...

Summoning up the Right Energy


thenorthernecho.co.uk: The Energy Minister Charles Hendry is visiting County Durham today to see a new biomass plant. Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson provides him with a briefing. On the northern fringe of the County Durham village of Chilton, there is a huge, silvery modernlooking box which dwarves the traditional terraces in which miners once lived. It is the Dalkia biomass plant – quite literally a new generation of industry which provides energy and employment for the area...


Are bioplastics really better for the environment than traditional plastics?

nnfcc.co.uk: The bioplastics market is expanding rapidly and by 2030 could account for 10 per cent of the total plastics market. But as the market grows so to does the public discussion whether these new plastics, that are based on biomass instead of mineral oil, really do have ecological advantages...

Biomass CHP set to build plant at Wilton

nebusiness.co.uk: A Teesside green energy company is building a new demonstration plant at Wilton following a £100,000 investment...

Nissan will produce new “ultra-low" emission compact car in UK

greenwisebusiness.co.uk: Nissan has picked Sunderland to produce a new "ultra-low CO2" emission compact car in a UK investment programme worth £125 million...

Tees Valley Local Development Orders get go-ahead

bdaily.co.uk: Six Local Development Orders, designed to benefit the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone have been given the green light by Central Government. The simplified planning regimes mean local planning authorities can now adopt the plans with no interventions or amendments required...

NEPIC Visit to India - February 2012

NEPIC represented by Senior Project Manager John Brady and consultant Phil Hollowood were joined by Professor Mike Green, Head of Chemistry at Newcastle University and Neil Moon Global Strategic Projects Director of Agility Chemicals on a recent business mission to India...

Funding success for 900-job MGT project

nebusiness.co.uk: The company behind a biomass super-plant at Teesport says it has secured finance for the £600m scheme...

Initative gives landowners incentives to boost timber supply

Bdaily.co.uk: The Forestry Commission have unveiled a new initiative to revitalise many woods in the North East, and help the development of green energy...

£85m Pyrolysis Plant set for construction on Teesside

bdaily.co.uk: The development of pioneering new energy plant in the region is drawing high levels of interest from potential suppliers, thanks to one of the key figures behind the project...

Cable announces boost to manufacturing supply chains

bdaily.co.uk: The Government is set to inject £125m into UK advanced manufacturing supply chains, in a bid to improve global competitiveness...

Huhne opens UK’s first CCS plant

businessgreen.com: Plans to commercialise carbon capture storage (CCS) technology took a major step forward today, after Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne formally opened a £21m pilot project in West Yorkshire...

Government gives go-ahead to £250m renewables power plant

Greenwisebusiness.co.uk: The Government has greenlighted a £250 million biomass and waste to energy power plant in Yorkshire, as part of a £1 billion package of investment to get Britain growing again...

Consultation on the Renewables Obligation Banding Review

decc.gov.uk: This consultation invites comments on the Government's proposal for the level of banded support available for the renewable electricity generation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) for the period 2013-2017...

Delays to Implementation of RHI

decc.gov.uk: DECC was planning to launch the RHI for non domestic generators on September 30 2011…

Thomson airways

Press release: Thomson Airways makes aviation history with its first flight for UK customers on sustainable biofuels...

How the Dash for Power impacts Energy Intensive Industries

maintenanceonline.co.uk: The centrality of energy in our day-to-day lives is once again brought home by yet another summer rise in energy prices, with many consumers now having to plan and prepare for a more costly winter... 

£3m investment for Teesside business

bdaily.info: A Teesside based company is investing over £3 million in its facilities on the River Tees to further develop its oil and gas services....

Indian chemical leaders visit the North East

nebusiness.co.uk: The bosses of some of India's biggest chemical companies have completed a tour of the North East process industry as they look to make further investments in Europe...

Trade delegation visit builds North East links with India

nebusiness.co.uk: North-East industrialists joined forces to highlight the process industry investment potential of the area to a vital trade delegation from India...

Trade mission aims to grow links with India

thenorthernecho.co.uk: The North East chemicals industry has combat rising competition from its rivals in Europe and the US by funding a trade mission from one of the world's fastest growing economies...

Enterprise Zone announcement set to help Tees Valley realize economic ambitions

bdaily.info: Tees Valley Unlimited Managing Director Stephen Catchpole believes the regions enterprise bid “will be a great boost to business”...

Air Products bioenergy go ahead in Billingham

nebusiness.co.uk: A major waste-to-energy scheme that could power 50,000 homes has moved a step closer after planners gave it the green light...

Building Brazilian links

nebusiness.co.uk: The UKTI is stepping up its work linking Teesside firms with Brazil, just weeks after bringing in a delegation from the country...

Thomson planes to fly on biofuels

biofuels-news.com: Thomson Airways will become the UK's first airline to fly passengers on a plane powered by biofuels...

Biofuel industry wants more government consistency

nebusiness.co.uk: There's a lot of talk in Europe right now about reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the push for more environmentally-friendly fuel sources. So why is a major biofuel plant on Teesside closing...

From waste to green energy

gazettelive.co.uk: Earlier this month the Centre for Process Innovation unveiled a £12m expansion of its National Industrial Biotechnology Facility at Wilton...

Future of biofuels industry still one of growth, despite troubles

The Northern Echo: On the face of it, the announcement last week that production was to be temporarily halted at one of Europe's largest biofuel plants was another example that establishing the industry in the North-East was a losing battle... 

Cutting-edge UK energy projects in running for EU funding

decc.gov.uk: Progressive Energy is pleased to announce that the Teesside CCS Project has been submitted by DECC to the European Commission under the NER300 Process. This is an important step in the process for us to secure a position as one of the four Projects which will kick start CCS in the UK...

Green Economy Council formed to help business rise to the low carbon challenge

coi.gov.uk: The Green Economy Council is holding its first meeting today (16 February) to discuss how government and industry can work together to support the transition to a green, low carbon economy and minimise the costs for business while maximising the opportunities...

Lord Henley Visits Regions Green Projects & Addresses Conference Delegates

Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), will visit the North East on Thursday November 25th 2010.

Decarbonising Road Transport and Heat - The Bio-SNG and Gas Grid Option

NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) has published on its website the Feasibility Study that itself, National Grid and Centrica commissioned to review the use of Bio-SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) delivered via the gas grid as a way to decarbonise road transport and heat.

DECC consultation on proposed changes to the Renewables Obligation Order 2011

decc.gov.uk: Statutory Consultation on the Renewables Obligation Order 2011 (ROO 2011) & Consultation on changes to Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs)...

DECC consultation response on grandfathering

decc.gov.uk: Consultation on the grandfathering policy of support for Dedicated Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion and Energy from Waste under the Renewables Obligation...

Four Rivers BioEnergy Signs Biodiesel Sales Agreement with BP Oil International Limited

PR Newswire: Four Rivers BioEnergy Inc. is pleased to announce that its UK subsidiary, Four Rivers BioFuels Limited has secured an agreement with BP Oil International Limited...

Europes Largest Wheat Refinery Despatches First Shipment of Sustainably Produced Bioethanol

The first tanker of sustainabily produced bioethanol has been dispatched from the UK's and Europe's largest wheat biorefinery which recently started production...

NEPIC, NEB and Industry Leaders meet with Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

On February 18 2010, NEPIC and NEB together with a strong industry delegation met with Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change...

BA Fuels Green Revolution

BA Website: British Airways, in partnership with the Solena Group, is to establish Europe's first sustainable jet-fuel plant and plans to use the low - carbon fuel to power...

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