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News round-up 16/10

MPs to grill DECC on energy policy; Research into glycerol waste conversion; Half of all ships broken go to south Asia; Separation technology launches in USA

MPs to grill DECC on energy policy

Andrea Leadsom, minister of state at DECC will be questioned by the Energy and Climate Change Committee as part of the committee’s inquiry into Investor confidence in the UK energy sector.

The hearing will be in the Palace of Westminster on 20 October.

The session explores the implications of DECC’s recent policy announcements, including:

  • Jobs in the renewables sector
  • Investor confidence
  • Investment decisions

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Research into glycerol waste conversion

The University of Manchester and The Centre for Process Innovation are to investigate the feasibility of getting greater value from glycerol, a waste product in the making of biodiesel transport fuel which is commonly disposed of through anaerobic digestion.

The researchers will be assessing the viability of converting the glycerol into Succinic Acid, a chemical that can be used for the manufacture of a range of bio-chemicals as well as bio-plastics.

Currently, Succinic Acid is manufactured from fossil oil and more recently production of Bio-Succinic Acid has been recovered at a commercial scale from the fermentation of sugar. 

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Half of all ships broken go to south Asia

Out of 166 vessels sold for breaking globally during the third quarter of 2015, 78 ended their operational life on the lightly-regulated yards of South Asia, according to data collected by the pressure group Shipbreaking Platform.

This comprised 38 ships in India, 26 in Bangladesh and 14 in Pakistan.

Of these, 16 were sold by European owners. Greek owners topped the list during the quarter with nine, German owners sold three, making a total of 11 this year.

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Separation technology launches in USA

Technology designed by a Birmingham business to sort household black bag waste into recyclable materials has been bought by an American company.

The Vickers Seerdrum machine will be used by Atlanta-based company Synergy Solutions to allow the organic waste to be used to produce renewable energy.

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