Vice Chancellor visits BEACON facility

Thursday, 20th April 2017


The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, visited the BEACON facility at Gogerddan today. Accompanied by Professor Iain Donnison, Director of BEACON, she was given a brief introduction to the plot scale projects undertaken by on

Waste stream valorisation

Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Waste stream valorisation: online training for the biotech industry

(Waste crab shells)

One of the emerging concepts behind sustainability is ‘waste stream’ valorisation. Waste biomass is produced by any industry making a commodity from biomass. Landfill is one fate for such on

Visit by Baroness Eluned Morgan AM

Thursday, 02nd March 2017


Baroness Eluned Morgan, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, visited IBERS on 2nd March, ahead of her keynote speech on Brexit at Aberystwyth University.

As part of her visit to Gogerddan campus, the Baroness visited the BEACON laboratory, where much of the secondary on

BEACON features in the February issue of Labmate UK & Ireland!

Wednesday, 01st March 2017


An article featuring BEACON has been published in the February issue of Labmate UK & Ireland 42.1, pp.30-32. It highlights the contribution BEACON makes to the Welsh bioeconomy, and how Welsh companies can benefit from working with BEACON, through access to scientific research, on

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