Renew On Line (UK) 64

Extracts from NATTA's journal
Renew, Issue 164 Nov-Dec 2006
   Welcome   Archives   Bulletin         

1. Energy Review and the RO

2. Scotland Accelerates
3. Micro power doubts
4. UK’s first combined PV and wind system
5. Marine Power - wave and tidal ups & downs
6. Tyndall say 90% CO2 cut needed
7. Local Biofuel growth stalled
8. Ramblers fear wind farms
9. Carbon Rationing
10. Planning for Decentral Power
11. UK funding for sustainable energy
12. UK Roundup
13. Renewables in Europe
14. World Renewables
15. Nuclear News

7. Local Biofuel growth stalled

The UK’s largest Biofuels processing plant on Teeside in northeast England was has been officially opened. It will eventually have the capacity to produce at least 250,000 tonnes of biodiesel each year from vegetable oils. This is just one of several large biofuel refinery operations being set up around the country, often using imported feedstock. But local level UK production of biofuel feedstock is still limited. A report for the regional industry cluster group NorthEast Biofuels on “Small-scale and on-farm production of biodiesel and vegetable oil fuels” notes that many farmers and other entrepreneurs are interested in the prospects for crushing oilseed and utilising vegetable oil-based biofuels at a small scale, to blend into or substitute for petroleum diesel. At current prices, this looks increasingly economically attractive, quite apart from the environmental advantages of a low-sulphur low-carbon high-lubricity fuel.

However, the report says that many potential small-scale producers are uncertain about what regulatory or technical steps they may need to take in order to develop a business. While recognising that this is an emerging 21st-century “cottage industry”, the report concludes that many will struggle to meet the European biodiesel standard (EN14214) as well the requirements of British licensing and regulatory authorities (HM Revenue and Customs, Environment Agency, Healthand Safety Executive and others). This is most likely to remain a “hobby” activity under current market conditions, although improved profit margins from used cooking oil feedstock may allow a limited number of niche biodiesel producers.

*The report by Jonathon Scurlock, is downloadable as a Word file from the NorthEast Biofuels web site:

Also see:


Wastes from the production of chocolate and other foods could be converted to hydrogen via a fermentation process using E. coli bacteria, says the Bioscience Dept. at Birmingham University.

NATTA/Renew Subscription Details

Renew is the bi-monthly 30 plus page newsletter of NATTA, the Network for Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment. NATTA members gets Renew free. NATTA membership cost 18 pa (waged) 12pa (unwaged), 6 pa airmail supplement (Please make cheques payable to 'The Open University', NOT to 'NATTA')

Details from NATTA , c/o EERU,
The Open University,
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Tel: 01908 65 4638 (24 hrs)

The full 32 (plus) page journal can be obtained on subscription
The extracts here only represent about 25% of it.

This material can be freely used as long as it is not for commercial purposes and full credit is given to its source.

The views expressed should not be taken to necessarily reflect the views of all NATTA members, EERU or the Open University.

We are now offering to e-mail subscribers a PDF version of the complete Renew, instead  of sending them the printed version, should they wish.