Welsh Soils Discussion Group

Thursday, 02nd February 2017

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group, which is affiliated to the British Society of Soil Science, held their winter meeting at IBERS on 1st February and BEACON energy crop scientist Dr Elaine Jensen was in attendance. One of the topics discussed was carbon storage in Welsh soils on

Scientific paper on biochar in contaminated groundwater remediation published

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

BEACON scientists have recently published the results of trials with various feedstocks and pyrolysis process conditions to produce a biochar which can adsorb metals from contaminated groundwater. The paper, published in Bioresource Technology, can be read on

Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales visit

Thursday, 19th January 2017

MSc students on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (REBE) programme from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Powys, Wales made their annual visit to the BEACON facility at IBERS to learn about the valuable research into renewable energy forms undertaken by on

BEACON welcomes delegation of scientists from China and Poland

Tuesday, 10th January 2017


BEACON welcomed a delegation of scientists from the Institute of Botany, Jiangsu province and Chinese Academy of Sciences (JIB-CAS) and the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Katowice, Poland to its pilot scale processing facilities as part of a visit to the Institute on

13th International Symposium on P450 Biodiversity & Biotechnology

Tuesday, 13th December 2016

The 13th International Symposium on Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity and Biotechnology, held in Vancouver, Canada this year, was attended by BEACON's Professor Steve Kelly and and Dr Josie Parker. Professor Kelly presented research from the Centre for Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity. on

Biochar Workshop

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016


On Wednesday 23 November BEACON ran a very successful one-day Biochar workshop.  Talks were given on:

  • Practical operation of a pilot-scale batch slow-pyrolysis unit (Damon Hammond)
  • The effects of biochar application to soil (Dr Simon Jeffery)
  • Use of pyrolysis on

BEACON Wales is co-founder of new alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

Wednesday, 19th October 2016

BEACON is one of five established R&D centres across the UK announcing a new alliance today - BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy. on

The hunt for new drugs from daffodils

Wednesday, 31st August 2016

Organic chemist and BEACON scientist, Dr Patrick Murphy, has been talking to the BBC about his work with daffodils in the hunt for potential cures for diseases. Daffodils produce a compound known as galantamine, which is already used in drugs to treat Alzheimer's, a on

Farewell to our Canadian students

Tuesday, 16th August 2016


Farewell to Christina Ure, James Park and Shannon Deehan who have been part of the BEACON team for 3 months under the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme between the University of Windsor and Aberystwyth University.  They have been working on

US Fulbright students visit BEACON

Thursday, 04th August 2016


Aberystwyth University recently played host to eight promising students from the United States as part of the Fulbright Commission Wales Summer Institute. Enjoying a diverse academic and cultural programme, the students visited IBERS, Gogerddan to learn about the on