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Meet Betty the Baler!

Thursday, 20th September 2018

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

Wednesday, 12th September 2018

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

Wednesday, 01st August 2018

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

Thursday, 19th July 2018

      

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

Thursday, 21st June 2018

 

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

Thursday, 14th June 2018

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

Friday, 08th June 2018

 

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

Monday, 04th June 2018

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

Thursday, 24th May 2018

 

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

Tuesday, 27th March 2018

 

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