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Insulating solid wall houses using plant based materials

Low Carbon Manager, Judith Thornton, has been busy testing plant-based insulation materials at IBERS, Aberystwyth University. Here she reflects on her findings to date.

Last month the BEACON facility in Aberystwyth saw a flurry of activity in what used to look rather like a shed full...

Insulating solid wall houses using plant based materials

Mon Naturals - a balmy success story!

Summer 2018 saw the launch of a new product by business start-up, Mon Naturals. Eliawen traditional balm has been developed from a 200 year old family recipe used to treat skin conditions, including burns and wounds for generations, using ingredients found locally in North Wales.

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Mon Naturals - a balmy success story!

Presenting phytostabilization at the International Phytotechnology Conference

Dr Elaine Jensen is at the 15th International Phytotechnology Conference at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia this week. The conference, which runs from 1-5 October 2018 is hosted by the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment and the International Phytotechnology Society....

Presenting phytostabilization at the International Phytotechnology Conference

Meet Betty the Baler!

Meet Betty! Betty is BEACON's baling machine, and Low Carbon Manager, Judith Thornton's favourite toy of the moment! Betty is used to harvest Miscanthus at IBERS for use in our strawbale building projects. Last summer Judith worked with the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) at...

Meet Betty the Baler!

Designing with the life cycle in mind

BEACON LCA analyst, Campbell Skinner, has written a chapter in the newly published book Designing with Natural Materials, entitled ‘Designing with the life cycle in mind’. The book, which is edited by Graham A. Ormondroyd and Angela F. Morris, and published by Taylor & Francis,...

Designing with the life cycle in mind

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme

From Left to right: Moiz Abdul (Canada), Laura Amelia George (Canada), Anaïs Giraudeau (Stapledon Memorial Trust student from France), Byensi Jonnathan Ndorelire (Canada)

Three students from the University of Windsor, Canada, joined the BEACON team at IBERS, Aberystwyth...

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme

Visit by Ken Skates AM

      

Ken Skates AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, visited the BioComposites Centre at Mona on Thursday 19 July.  He had very interesting and informative discussions with BEACON staff (Dr Adam Charlton and Dr Rob Elias from BioComposites Centre, Bangor...

Visit by Ken Skates AM

BEACON mentioned in the new National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy

 

The recently released National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030, Growing the UK Industrial Biotechnology Base, (pictured above with BEACON Business Development Manager, Selwyn Owen) includes several references to the BEACON Biorefining Centre of Excellence and to...

BEACON mentioned in the new National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy

Visit by Ambassador of Azerbaijan

Tahir Taghizadeh, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, and colleagues visited the BEACON Biorefining Centre of Excellence as part of a visit to IBERS to learn about the internationally recognised research taking place there. Director of BEACON, Professor Iain Donnison, led the tour of the...

Visit by Ambassador of Azerbaijan

Ben Lake MP visits BEACON

 

Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion, toured the BEACON pilot facilities today as part of a wider visit to IBERS, Gogerddan. Dr Judith Thornton, Low Carbon Manager, gave an overview of some recent collaborative projects with Welsh companies, demonstrating how BEACON is working to grow the...

Ben Lake MP visits BEACON