We have a vast amount of experience in managing national and international projects as well smaller one to one projects. From pulling together a team of experts, setting objectives, managing budgets and timescales, our team project manages the whole process - from start to finish.
Producing biohydrogen for the UK transport sector
Following on from the successful Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme Phase 1 funding for the H2Boost project, we have recently been awarded £5 million to project manage phase 2. This is funded by the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) that has been awarded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. H2Boost aims to produce biohydrogen for the UK transport sector by integrating an advanced oxidation and enzymatic pre-treatment technology of bio-based feedstocks, conversion to bio-hydrogen by dark fermentation (DF) and down-stream processing of by-products via anaerobic digestion, microbial CO2 capture and storage.
We have a broad and integrated role in the project. As well as leading on the management of the project, our scientists are working on the lab scale trials and the 10L continuous trials as well as the testing of alternative feedstocks and enzymes. Our innovation advisors are also involved in the policy and regulatory considerations and organising the industry facing workshops.
Helping UK farmers and growers to increase crop resilience
We are involved in a research project for High Carbon Capture Cropping (CHCX3) which aims to help UK farmers and growers to target Net Zero and increase crop resilience. As part of this project, we will lead the value chain mapping and evaluation work with specialist guidance from Professor Peter Ball, University of York’s School of Business and Society, and from Lukie Tolhurst, associate at Lucid Insight, author of the UK Grown Report for High-Value Biorenewables. Together they will map and evaluate the supply chain opportunities and challenges across the four crop-to-product value chains. They will also develop guidance on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure and evaluate the carbon emissions and wider environmental impacts of the value streams. Research partners at the University of York’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products and seed supply partners at Elsoms are undertaking research trials to improve the genomics of hemp seed and fibre crops to bring further processing benefits to develop enhanced single and dual crop industrial hemp varieties.
Previously we were the project management partner for the Newton Babba project, which brought UK and India scientists together to take a major by-product of the sugarcane industry and turn it into the valuable bio-based chemical, citric acid. This £1.8 million project, sponsored by the Newton Bhabha Fund, brought together academics along with UK and Indian companies to work in partnership to reduce industrial waste and generate innovation in industrial biotechnology. The Newton-Bhabha Fund is a programme funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, both part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as well as the Department for Biotechnology (DBT) India.
“We are delighted to be part of these phase one projects and work with academic and industry partners to explore how low carbon hydrogen technologies can offer potential solutions for decarbonising the UK transport sector and contribute towards the UK’s net-zero goals.” Joe Ross, Previous Director, BDC
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BDC awarded further funding to research biohydrogen production for the UK transport sector
Following on from the successful Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme Phase 1 funding for the H2-Boost project, the BDC and its partners have successfully been awarded £5 million for a phase 2 project. This is funded by the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) that has been awarded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
We work with bio-based businesses and projects to increase awareness of their products, processes or project.
Entrepreneurial skills development
If you are an entrepreneur or a start-up in the bioeconomy, we can help you develop and commercialise your product or process.
Laboratory and office access
We have state-of-the-art research and development biorefinery, pilot scale laboratory facilities and flexible office space available for hire.
We add value through market research activity, new and existing product or customer discovery research.
Overseas markets access
We have been part of several international projects, our expertise range from project management, communication and dissemination support to accessing our research and development knowledge and equipment.
We have a vast amount of experience in managing national and international projects as well smaller one to one projects for our pre-funded support programmes aimed at regional SMEs.
As part of responsible research and innovation, we actively encourage our academic, industry partners and clients to examine the associated processes, including intellectual property as well as understanding the appropriate regulatory environment.
Valorisation options appraisal
Bio-based materials including various types of waste, can be assessed to determine how they can be used to produce valuable products.