AD Network – Funding Roundup – Oct 17

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Flexible Funding 2017 – Closes 22 Nov 17. ÂŁ100K available to support up to 4 projects on Supergen Themes, plus ÂŁ75 for projects which target priorities of the low carbon fuels strategy of the DfT. See the Supergen website.

The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) scheme aims to increase the knowledge and awareness in UK Universities of cutting edge industrial science, research and innovation. Worth ÂŁ40K each over two years, there are 10 on offer. Deadline: 4th January 2018

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Royal Academy of Engineering: Industry-Academia Partnership – Colombia, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Thailand. Dealine: 27th November 2017

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AD Network Event Roundup – Sep 17




Register for On-site Bioenergy: How can farmers benefit, 3 Nov 16, Aspatria Rugby Union Club, Wigton

A unique opportunity to visit one of Britain’s most advanced on-site Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants at First Milk’s Aspatria creamery and to explore how bio-energy technologies can be deployed more widely in the farming and food processing sectors across the North West.

Anaerobic Digestion of farm manures, food processing wastes and residues extracts bio-energy to form biogas which could be deployed more widely in the UK to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and help cut GHG emissions.  Biogas, along with other on-farm renewable energy technologies, reduces farm energy costs and offers an attractive diversification for livestock farmers.

This event, designed for farmers, food processors and others thinking of investing in smaller scale AD, demonstrates how the agri-food sector can increase bio-energy output, turn waste into energy, and upgrade biogas into vehicle fuel.  Join us to explore the opportunities for farms to become energy suppliers.

FREE to attend —Lunch Provided. Register here.

Funding Opportunities: Spending review announces Global Challenges Research Fund

AD Network members may be interested in a new ÂŁ1.5 bnGlobal Challenges fund announced in the latest spending review (pages 35 & 54). The fund is allocated over the next 5 years to ensure that UK science takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries whilst developing our ability to delivery cutting-edge research.

The exact nature of the funding streams has not been defined, but it is clear that there will be opportunities for UK industrial biotechnology and bioenergy (IBBE) expertise to be applied to these challenges. We will keep you updated with any developments.

International Energy Agency report on small scale anaerobic digestion released

Task 37 of the International Energy Agency has just published a report entitled ‘Exploring the viability of small scale anaerobic digesters in livestock farming’ written by AD Network member Dr Clare Lukehurst, OBE and AD Network co-manager Angela Bywater.

The report explores the viability of small scale anaerobic digestion for livestock farming where there is a need to deal with animal manure and slurry in a manner that minimises the emission of greenhouse gases. Dairy farming for example, is dominated by small herds of animals, the slurry from which must be managed efficiently for the farm and to maintain high standards of health. AD is an acknowledged technology for farming operations that
affords a high standard of manure management, the production of high quality biofertiliser and also the possibility of generating energy for own use as well as export.
The report is aimed at farmers, as well as energy policy and decision makers and can be downloaded from the IEA Task 37 website here.

CONSULTATION – EU Sustainable Bioenergy Policy post-2020. Your parcipation needed

We would like to notify all AD Network members of the above EU consultation which closes on 10 May 16.

This is designed to consult stakeholders and citizens on an updated EU policy on sustainable bioenergy for the period 2020-2030, as part of the EU renewable energy package.

More information can be found on the consultation website.

SINAL Bio-Industrial Event, Chalons-en-Champagne, 24-25 May 16

The UK Trade and Industry team in Lyon is happy to partner with ABE events and bring you to the 8th edition of the SIĂ‘AL EXHIBITION which will be held 24 & 25 May 2016 in Châlons-en-Champagne: A special delegate package is on offer – see details here.

Every year, thanks to an effective business meeting system, SIÑAL EXHIBITION brings together professionals, academics and researchers around topics such as BIOBASED MATERIALS, PLANT-BASED CHEMISTRY AND BIOENERGY

  • 300 participants gathered over 2 days
  • More than 2,000 pre-planned business meetings arranged to identify commercial and technological opportunities
  • 18 conferences and roundtables to get informed on the latest trends and news
  • Innovative companies awarded by two innovation prizes

Conferences last 25 minutes, with 10 minutes for Q&A. There are a wide variety of proposed conference themes, but those that might interest AD Network members include:

  • What strategies and approaches for launching biosourced products
  • The R&D route to industialisation : opportunities and leverage, restraints and costs
  • Construction and biosourced materials : the market and perspectives
  • Bio refineries : state of the art and industrial deployment in Europe
  • Bio refineries: what are the perspectives for today and tomorrow
  • Public/private relationships : what are the partnership possibilities for funding collaborative European projects ?
  • The bio-energy sectors : what perspectives ?
  • Lignins and their potential in the short, middle and long term

How does it work? :

  1. Take a few minutes to fill out the registration form online with a description of your skills, fields of application; OR your needs and the knowledge you are looking for.
  2. Three weeks before the event, you access to the online catalogue with the profiles of all participants. You identify and request meetings with relevant contacts.
  3. Our team sets-up your individual schedule in accordance with your selection and availability. You can consult it online and thus prepare for your meetings before the event.







SCOPE Bioenergy and Sustainability Report and Policy Brief

The above document, launched at the EU Sustainable Energy Week earlier this year, is available to download here:

More than 100 experts from 24 countries contirbuted to the report, including 15 of the EU’s leading institutions. This 779 page report presents main findings and recommendations on current production, use of bioenergy and growth potential, considering such aspects as land use, feedstocks, technologies, impacts and policies.


Updates from all the NIBB Networks

All the activities from all the BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) have now been collated. This information includes all the Business Interaction Vouchers and Proof of Concept grants awarded by all the Networks thus far, as well as a number of interesting statistics. Download this information at the BBSRC NIBB website here.

Joint FAPESP-BBSRC call: Integrated Biorefinery Approaches for the Manufacture of Advanced Biofuels

The BBSRC has launced this joint call for collaborative proposals in Integrated Biorefinery Approaches for the Manufacture of Advanced Biofuels. More information here: BBSRC FAPESP Advanced biofuels or from the website: