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EventsUpcoming

13 March 2024 - 14 March 2024, 9:00 - 4:00

Biorenewables Development Centre at IBioIC's 10th Anniversary Conference

Join Biorenewables Development Centre at IBioIC's 10th Anniversary Conference

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9 April 2024, 8:30 - 12:00

Growing and producing biofibres in Yorkshire

Join us for an informative workshop on growing and producing biofibres, exploring the potential of low-carbon crops like hemp and flax. These crops supply fibres for construction, textiles, bioenergy, and more, contributing to Yorkshire's transition to net zero while enhancing biodiversity and soil health.

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Mark Corbett

EventsUpcoming

30 April 2024, 9:30 - 12:00

Biorenewables Development Centre at Pioneer Presents: Planetary Health – Green Carbon for the UK Chemicals Sector

Hear our very own Mark Corbett speak at Pioneer Presents: Planetary Health – Green Carbon for the UK Chemicals Sector.

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15 May 2024 - 16 May 2024, 9:00 - 5:00

Come and meet us at CHEMUK 2024

We are pleased to announce that we will be attending the next ChemUK expo in May 2024, where we will be supporting the growth in green chemistry supply chains and the new processes and services that are supporting the transition to bio-sourced/bio-based industrial and consumer chemical products.

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9 June 2024, 2:30 - 3:30

The Remarkable Power of Poo

Poo can be a real problem, but also an opportunity for those dealing with it. With the average human producing 145kg of poo a year and a dairy cow producing 62kg of the stuff per day, there’s plenty of it to do something with!

This event aims to shed light on the issues surrounding waste management while highlighting the exciting possibilities it holds, particularly in addressing climate change.

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9 February 2024

Harnessing deep borehole geothermal energy for innovative agricultural heating and anaerobic digestion

The Biorenewables Development Centre (a subsidiary of the University of York) and partners are working with Wellfield Farm in North Yorkshire to spearhead a groundbreaking project aimed at revolutionising farming practices and enhancing sustainability through the repurposing of existing depleted deep gas wells to produce the geothermal energy.

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23 January 2024

Designing a Sustainable Future: Laboratory Project Showcased at the Design Museum

Visitors to the Design Museum in London are in for a treat as the Biorenewables Development Centre's groundbreaking laboratory project for Faber Futures takes the spotlight. The project, which involved cutting-edge biodesign techniques, is featured in an exhibition film curated by Future Observatory, the museum's national research programme dedicated to the green transition.

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20 December 2023

Louise Overzet from Maastricht University

Here at the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) we are delighted to welcome Louise Overzet from Maastricht University who is on a six month placement with us. To welcome Louise we asked a few questions about the work she will carry out whilst she is here. Over to Louise….

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19 December 2023

Revolutionising Dairy Waste: Activatec and BDC Receive Innovate UK's Support

Activatec, a leading biotech company, and the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), an open-access Research, Development and Demonstration biorefining centre have announced a new collaboration, supported by Innovate UK. The focus of this partnership is to transform industrial waste, specifically dairy waste streams, into valuable eco-friendly resources for the cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical sectors.

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13 December 2023

Exciting equipment update for the H2Boost Project

Here at the Biorenewables Development Centre, our newly installed batch BMP system comprises 30 individual vessels, a game-changer for monitoring biogas yield during anaerobic digestion (AD) and dark fermentation.

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6 December 2023

Developing a novel circular model for low-emission, healthy food production

The Biorenewables Development Centre, Kilnsey Park Estate and the University of York’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products have won funding from Innovate UK to develop a novel circular model for food production to produce resource-efficient, healthy and low-emission food such as leafy salads and vegetables.

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20 November 2023

Business mentorship programme now open for applications

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is offering a mentorship programme to businesses located in North Yorkshire, City of York and Redcar & Cleveland who are addressing sustainability or circularity in their products or services.

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Mark Corbett

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6 November 2023

Biorenewables Development Centre welcomes Dr Mark Corbett as the new Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr Mark Corbett has been appointed as the new Director of the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC). With over twenty years’ experience working in academia and industry, Mark has a wealth of experience delivering strategic research and innovation projects and partnerships.

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20 September 2023

BDC wins 3 new UKRI funded projects which aim to enhance UK sustainable biomanufacturing

We have been awarded three new feasibility projects to collaborate with industry to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK. This joint investment is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and overall will support 34 feasibility studies across the UK.

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6 September 2023

Celebrating 8 years of supporting Yorkshire & the Humber’s bioeconomy

This summer the Biorenewables Development Centre is celebrating the end of a series of programmes supporting the growth of the bioeconomy in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

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BEIS

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11 August 2023

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 partners have successfully been awarded £5 million for a phase 2 project.

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BDC wins two new projects to showcase the latest farming innovations

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20 July 2023

BDC wins two new projects to showcase the latest farming innovations

We have been awarded two new projects as part of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Farming Innovation Programme.

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3 July 2023

Our research featured in the Algal Research journal

Our colleagues in the Process Development Unit and the Bioscience Innovation team have co-authored the article ‘Acrylic acid and DMSP lyases in the green algae Ulva’ in the July edition of the Algal Research journal.

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WORLD’S FIRST GLUE DERIVED FROM INDUSTRIAL BIO-WASTE WILL MAKE FURNITURE RECYCLABLE

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21 June 2023

BDC supports BindEthics to develop world’s first glue derived from industrial bio-waste

Materials science Masters student from Esher co-founds the company behind the innovation.

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New research set to increase carbon capture through cropping

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15 June 2023

New research set to increase carbon capture through cropping

A new research project aims to help UK farmers and growers to target Net Zero and increase crop resilience.

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A new research project aims to help UK farmers and growers to target Net Zero and increase crop resilience.

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13 June 2023

Vertical farming project to develop low-cost alternative plant protein

Scientists from the University of York are collaborating on a new environmentally-friendly research project to use vertical farming facilities to grow amaranth - a new source of alternative plant protein.

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BDC partners with non-profit organisation Additive.earth to explore an Aquaculture Enterprise Zone model for The Crown Estate in England and Wales.

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13 June 2023

BDC partners with non-profit organisation Additive.earth to explore an Aquaculture Enterprise Zone model for The Crown Estate in England and Wales

The UK’s national landowner, The Crown Estate, has commissioned Additive.earth – a non-profit organisation that aims to redirect £50 billion of investment into climate and nature recovery by 2030 – to explore and develop the concept of Aquaculture Enterprise Zones (AEZs) around England and Wales.

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9 May 2023

Survey - building the case for environmental sciences to support the UK bioeconomy

BioVale are involved in a NERC-commissioned project to build the economic case for environmental sciences as integral for a prosperous and sustainable bioeconomy in the UK (and vice versa).

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19 April 2023

We have been awarded 3 new projects to enhance UK sustainable biomanufacturing

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and its partners have announced new feasibility awards to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.

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News

16 March 2023

We were part of UKRI Board visit University to hear more about our bioeconomy research

Members of the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Board visited the University to hear more about our world-leading research around the bioeconomy.

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22 February 2023

We are involved in a new international project to accelerate the future of circular agriculture by converting residues into high-value, eco-friendly products.

Thirty-five academic and private partners from across Europe and China are now working together on the AgriLoop project, which will develop sustainable processes to convert agri-food residues into high-value, eco-friendly products for use in food, feed and bio-based materials.

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BDC

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14 February 2023

Could you be our next Director?

Our ambitious vision is to support the widespread use of biorenewables across the world and we have already helped over 500 businesses to explore bio-based process and product opportunities by providing technical data and specialist advice to inform business decisions. With the up and coming retirement of our current Director, we are now seeking to appoint a new Director to continue the work at BDC to build the bioeconomy regionally, nationally and globally.

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BDC involved in two new projects aimed at decarbonising the UK transport sector

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26 August 2022

We are involved in two new projects aimed at decarbonising the UK transport sector.

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is part of two new Hydrogen BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) Innovation Programme projects which has been funded by the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) that have been awarded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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BDC awarded Future Observatory Design Ecosystem Fellowship.

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26 July 2022

We have been awarded Future Observatory Design Ecosystem Fellowship.

We are delighted to announce that our Project and Communications Manager, Anna Alessi has been awarded a Future Observatory Design Ecosystem Fellowship.

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BDC involved in a proposal to create a 300,000 sq ft ‘bio business park’ in York.

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18 July 2022

BDC involved in a proposal to create a 300,000 sq ft ‘bio business park’ in York.

Over 500 skilled jobs could be created at a bio business park being planned for York.

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Celebrating bio-based successes across Teesside Hull and York the THYME project

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15 June 2022

Celebrating bio-based successes across Teesside, Hull and York: the THYME project

On Thursday 9th June academics, industry partners, investors, funders and business-support programmes came together in York to celebrate four successful years of the THYME project; a collaboration between the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York.

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11 March 2022

Science Minister visits University of York’s BioYorkshire initiative and the Biorenewables Development Centre

Science Minister George Freeman today visited the BioYorkshire initiative – a partnership between University of York, Fera Science and Askham Bryan College – aiming to transform York and North Yorkshire into the UK’s first carbon negative region and be a hub for green innovation, skills development and inward investment.

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We have won a 400K UK project HighValue Bio

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17 December 2021

BDC wins higher education innovation funding to boost collaboration with industry

We have won a £400K I-UK project ‘High-Value Biorenewable Peptides from Proteinaceous Biomass’ in collaboration with Bell & Loxton Innovations, a highly innovative circular economy spin-out from a working oilseed rape farm in South Devon, and Thomas Swan & Company Ltd.

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BDC part of new funding announcement UK industrial hemp production and processing

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26 August 2021

BDC part of new funding announcement: UK industrial hemp production and processing

The first stage of an ambitious ten-year roadmap designed to boost the production and processing of industrial hemp across the UK has won government backing.

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Further funding boost announced for the region’s bioeconomy

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22 July 2021

Further funding boost announced for the region’s bioeconomy

The THYME project has been awarded funding of £1.8M from Research England to continue a highly successful collaboration between the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York. The universities will continue to work together to develop innovation assets and drive increased productivity in the bioeconomy across the Tees Valley, the Humber and Yorkshire.

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14 July 2021

Bioeconomy: how renewable resources can help the future of our planet

Would you like to learn more about the bioeconomy?

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THYME researchers awarded a place at the Royal Society Summer Science 2021

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2 June 2021

THYME researchers awarded a place at the Royal Society Summer Science 2021

Researchers from the universities of York and Teesside have been awarded a place at the Royal Society Summer Science 2021.

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Try before you buy funded support to help you identify and buy new equipment for your bio-based processing

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5 May 2021

Try before you buy: funded support to help you identify and buy new equipment for your bio-based processing

Are you looking to innovate in your business, with a new bio-based process or product? If you are an eligible SME, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and the PAPI programme have funding to support you and help you de-risk your investment.

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Showcasing new innovations and collaborations from THYME

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27 April 2021

Showcasing new innovations and collaborations from THYME

A new brochure brings together a series of case studies to showcase what the project has achieved in its first three years. The universities of York, Hull and Teesside have found new and innovative ways to work together and to reach out to bio-based businesses and other regional stakeholders.

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New funding will support Yorkshire businesses to develop anaerobic digestion technologies

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18 January 2021

New funding will support Yorkshire businesses to develop anaerobic digestion technologies

Eligible businesses across Yorkshire are being urged to apply for a share of £600k to support their anaerobic digestion (AD) processes.

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European SMEs pilot their innovative green technologies at the Biorenewables Development Centre

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23 November 2020

European SMEs pilot their innovative green technologies at the Biorenewables Development Centre

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) has provided two innovative European SMEs with access to its unique scale-up facilities and industrial biotechnology expertise through the KET4Clean Production project.

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Funding boost for sugar beet project

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5 November 2020

Funding boost for sugar beet project

Scientists at the University of York are developing a low cost, environmentally friendly method of processing sugar beet without the need for major industrial processing plants

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BioYorkshire Leading the region’s green ambitions for a post-Covid economic recovery

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25 September 2020

BioYorkshire: Leading the region’s green ambitions for a post-Covid economic recovery

Biorenewables Development Centre is proud to be part of BioYorkshire, a ten year initiative to transform North Yorkshire into the UK hub for green innovation and enterprise. BioYorkshire aims to tackle some of the world’s major economic and environmental challenges, and contribute to the region’s ambition to become the nation’s first carbon negative region.

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The BDC is part of a new initiative to help Yorkshire SMEs future proof their business

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12 May 2020

The BDC is part of a new initiative to help Yorkshire SMEs future proof their business

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) has partnered with Leeds-based consultants Green Gain and Resource Futures to help Yorkshire’s SMEs become more resilient and sustainable as part of the Resource Efficient Business (REBiz) programme.

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15 April 2020

Funding received to support Yorkshire’s bioeconomy innovations

The Biorenewables Development Centre has been awarded additional funding of £0.5M to drive the growth of the emerging bioeconomy sector. The BDC will be supporting businesses that deliver innovative products, processes or services related to renewable, biological resources as part of the Bioeconomy Growth Programme.

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16 March 2020

BDC partners with University of York and industry in PhD pilot

Employees from regional and national industries could study for PhDs under a new £1m pilot scheme to be introduced at the University of York in the area of circular, sustainable manufacturing

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17 February 2020

Almost £1 million of funding secured for bioeconomy research

A project using waste from pea processing to clean water is one of seven projects which have just received funding from the THYME project to boost the region’s bioeconomy. These projects join 13 THYME projects already funded in 2019, bringing the total research funded by the project to almost £1 million.

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Supporting young entrepreneurs in the bioeconomy

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13 January 2020

Supporting young entrepreneurs in the bioeconomy

As part of the THYME project, BioVale and the BDC invited BIO-HEX to a one-day entrepreneurial workshop after seeing their innovative biobased idea pitched at the University of York’s 2019 The Big Deal enterprise competition.

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14 November 2019

Let’s play with rubbish: a new board game for the bioeconomy

Focus Games Ltd has developed the Bioeconomy Game, an educational board game that challenges players to create value from waste and develop their community.

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19 June 2019

New polymerisation reactor system strengthens on-going development and scale-up of novel bioplastic polymers

Biome Bioplastics Ltd (Biome) and the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) in partnership with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York have strengthened their relationship by purchasing and installing a new specialist polymerisation reactor.

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20 February 2019

The Princess Royal visits University of York

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the University of York on 15th February to participate in the launch of BioYork, a new bioeconomy initiative.

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17 December 2018

New funding available to develop Yorkshire’s biobased businesses

The University of York has been awarded £1.5m to support the growth of Yorkshire businesses that deliver innovative products, processes or services related to renewable, biological resources.

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New UK-India collaboration tackles industrial waste

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29 August 2018

New UK-India collaboration tackles industrial waste

The Biorenewables Development Centre is collaborating with six international partners on a biorefining project to reduce waste from sugar cane processing.

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Yorkshire food manufacturing could be improved by harnessing waste

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23 May 2018

Yorkshire food manufacturing could be improved by harnessing waste

Researchers have found that 300,000 tonnes of food manufacturing waste is discarded in Yorkshire and the Humber each year, much of which could be used to contribute to the sustainable manufacturing of a variety of products.

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29 March 2018

Funding boost announced for the region’s bioeconomy

The BDC is partnering on a £5million project to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley, led by the University of York.

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Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

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19 October 2016

Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

Five established R&D centres across the UK have today announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy.

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12 September 2016

Government advisers look to York experts for insight into bio-waste

A delegation of top Government officials visited the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a University of York subsidiary, this week to investigate how waste can be converted into valuable products to benefit the UK economy.

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Circular economy eveny

EventsArchived

16 March 2023, 1:00 - 3:00

What is Circular Economy?

We are part of the panel discussion that will look at what is Circular Economy Business and why it is relevant for your business.

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Expo

EventsArchived

29 March 2023 - 30 March 2023, 9:00 - 5:00

World Biogas Expo 2023

We are speaking and exhibiting alongside BioVale at the World Biogas Expo, the only global trade expo dedicated to the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry. Find us on stand A105 and A107.

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Chem UK

EventsArchived

10 May 2023 - 11 May 2023, 9:00 - 5:00

ChemUK 2023

We will be attending the next ChemUK expo in May 2023 where we will be supporting the growth in green chemistry supply chains and the new processes and services that are supporting the transition to bio-sourced/bio-based industrial and consumer chemical products.

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Mark

EventsArchived

23 May 2023 - 25 May 2023, 9:00 - 5:00

Join us at BioKet 2023

Join our colleague Mark Gronnow at BioKet 2023 in Trois-Rivieres, Canada on 23rd May. He will be speaking in the 14:30 - 16:00 session ‘KETs to Valorise the feedstocks of the future’ about the ‘Utilisation of Biorefinery Residues for Hydrogen Production’.

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EventsArchived

14 June 2023, 1:00 - 5:00

Circular Bioconstruction in the North East and Yorkshire

Industry presentations and round table discussions to address, develop, and implement actions to move the sector forward

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YESI

EventsArchived

18 July 2023, 10:00 - 4:30

Waste as a Bioresource Workshop

Learn, discuss and network with an exciting range of stakeholders including funders, industry representatives and relevant academics. Organised by York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI).

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EventsArchived

13 September 2023, 2:00 - 4:30

BioYorkshire: activating the bioeconomy

Discover more about BioYorkshire and how to engage, hear updates from companies working in the bioeconomy, and network with colleagues.

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Showcasing AD Research in Yorkshire

EventsArchived

24 October 2023, 10:00 - 11:30

Showcasing AD Research in Yorkshire

Following the successful completion of the Anaerobic Digestion & Circular Economy Yorkshire project, this webinar will showcase three projects that were funded as part of the programme.

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Spark

EventsArchived

30 January 2024, 9:30 - 5:00

York Green Business Forum: Waste

If you’re a York based business looking to reduce and re-use your waste, cut costs, and support York on its journey to net zero by 2030, come along to the latest instalment of the Green Business Forum.

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