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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

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

Reflections on building the world’s first Miscanthus bale house

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

 

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!

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

 

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

Monday, 20th November 2017

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

Wednesday, 13th September 2017

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!

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

   

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!