New alliance to boost growth of UK bioeconomy

An alliance to support the growth of bioeconomy in the UK has been launched. It consists of five research and development (R&D) centres across the country which aim to make […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

An alliance to support the growth of bioeconomy in the UK has been launched.

It consists of five research and development (R&D) centres across the country which aim to make the nation a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture.

BioPilotsUK seeks to significantly speed up the commercialisation of new green processes and products from biomass, including plants, algae and waste.

The five centres are BEACON from Wales, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) from York, the Centre for Process Innovation in Redcar, IBioIC from Scotland and The Biorefinery Centre from Norwich.

Bioeconomy is worth around €2 trillion (£1.78tn) in Europe and £153 billion in the UK, generating around four million jobs, according to the alliance.

Joe Ross, Director at BDC said: “Together we offer the skills, facilities and industry experience to help our partners tackle all manner of bio-based projects such as turning food by-products into pharmaceuticals, improving anaerobic digestion processes or developing batteries from biomass.”

According to a new analysis released earlier this week, biomass plants could be leading to more emissions and be more expensive than wind and solar for replacing coal power in the UK.

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