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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

Stapledon Memorial Trust student joins BEACON for the summer

Anaïs Giraudeau from France is working alongside the BEACON team at IBERS, Aberystwyth University during the summer of 2018, after securing a Stapledon Memorial Trust Vacation Studentship Bursary.

Anaïs says: “I am here thanks to a Stapledon Memorial Trust Vacation Studentship...

Stapledon Memorial Trust student joins BEACON for the summer

The Exeter Retort

 

With the pyrolysis rig out of action and currently awaiting repair, BEACON process engineer, Damon Hammond, has been using a mobile Exeter Retort to produce biochar. Fully transportable and mounted on a trailer, the Retort has been charring a variety of feedstocks with excellent...

The Exeter Retort

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!