The medieval city of York, famous for its Minster (pictured) is now home to a research centre which looks into developing chemicals from renewable sources. Based at the University of York, the facility will give firms and academics a place to test, develop and scale up biorefining processes.
Biorefining is a way of processing biomass into bio-products such as food and chemicals and biofuels from bioenergy.
Dr Joe Ross, the centre’s director said: “The Biorenewables Development Centre will greatly expand the opportunities for industry to source its raw materials from plants and microbes.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable was on hand to open the centre, which has been given £2.5million by BIS.