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Visit by Taiwanese ambassador

 

The BEACON team were pleased to welcome the Taiwanese Ambassador David Yung-Lo Lin to the pilot facility today as part of a wider visit to IBERS. Dr David Bryant and Dr Joe Gallagher discussed biorefining innovation in Wales and in a wider context, while introducing the ambassador...

Visit by Taiwanese ambassador

Reflections on building the world’s first Miscanthus bale house

 

Low Carbon Manager, Dr Judith Thornton, has been reflecting on using Miscanthus as an alternative to the more traditional wheat or barley straw as a building material.  The Miscanthus bales were generally simple to work with, being easy to cut to size and straighten, but because...

Reflections on building the world’s first Miscanthus bale house

Plasters from plants!

 

BEACON Low Carbon Manager, Judith Thornton, has been working with Neighbourhood Construction to develop breathable building plasters from plant material, while investigating their thermal properties and vapour permeability. Plant materials being trialled include hemp, oilseed...

Plasters from plants!

AM visits Mona

Rhun ap Iorwerth, AM for Ynys Mon, visited the pilot facilities at Mona, Anglesey, on Friday 17 November to hear about recent collaborative projects with industry and how support from the BioComposites Centre and the BEACON initiative were helping companies in Wales with innovation. ...

AM visits Mona

2nd International Bioeconomy Congress

The 2nd International Bioeconomy Congress took place on 12-13 September 2017 at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart.

In the session on New Crops for a Sustainable Biomass Supply, Professor John Clifton Brown gave a presentation on miscanthus entitled "The Role of Breeding in...

2nd International Bioeconomy Congress

Building the world’s first miscanthus bale house!

   

Low carbon manager, Dr Judith Thornton, featured on the BBC Wales news today as she helped build the first ever miscanthus bale house near Machynlleth, Powys. Working with the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Judith is exploring the potential to use miscanthus or Asian...

Building the world’s first miscanthus bale house!

Relocation of the pyrolysis rig

  

Summer 2017 saw the relocation of the pyrolysis rig from its original site by the seed bank at IBERS, Gogerddan, to a new site to make way for construction of the new Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AIEC).  The three main sections of the rig were carefully...

Relocation of the pyrolysis rig

MP for Aberconwy visits BEACON

Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament for Aberconwy, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office, visited IBERS today to see the cutting-edge research undertaken by BEACON scientists. Dr Joe Gallagher, Head of Industrial Biotechnology and Director of Knowledge...

MP for Aberconwy visits BEACON

Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science vists Mona

Julie James AM, Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science (pictured above with Deputy Director of BEACON, Dr Rob Elias, second right) visited the Mona facility on Anglesey recently to learn more about the innovative work being undertaken into sustainable packaging by BEACON...

Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science vists Mona

BEACON Conference 2017

 

The BEACON Conference 2017 was held on 24th & 25th May at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

Titled "Developing a Sustainable Bioeconomy for Wales: A Future Roadmap", the conference featured a wide range of presentations under the themes of Strategy, Funding and Incubating Businesses, with...

BEACON Conference 2017