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Liquid fuels made from waste take a commercial step forward

Liquid fuels for cars and planes made from waste will benefit from biofuel market development, say researchers from the UKs National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC).

Market developments in biofuels have raised the commercial potential for alternatives to petrochemical fuels to be produced from waste such as plastic bags. High production costs currently put biofuels at a market disadvantage.

Technology that produces fuel from coal or liquid gas is already used to turn biomass into energy in a process called biomass to liquid (BTL). A spokesman for the NNFCC said: Through establishing BTL as a process, the next step is broadening it out to include waste as a [carbon] feedstock.

Three research projects launched by the NNFCC and funded by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs will build a bigger picture of biofuel development in the UK. The research was conducted in partnership with Nexant Chem Systems, Tamutech and Amec.

A BLT technology demonstration plant could be built in the UK in the next few years as the technology is advanced and a pilot plant is already in operation in Germany.


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