Recognition for student’s renewables research

A student from the University of Nottingham wins the inaugural Innovation Award for research into renewable energy from waste or related technologies. The winner of the award was Sarah Farthing from the University of Nottingham, whose research focused on understanding the feasibility of hydrothermal carbonisation as a treatment for anaerobic digestate. The award, run by … Read more

British Renewable Energy Awards

The British Renewable Energy Awards will take place on 26th January 2021! The British Renewable Energy Awards is the most prestigious event in the UK’s renewable energy industry calendar; recognising and celebrating the achievements of companies and individuals who have done something amazing in renewables or clean tech over the past year. Privilege Finance are … Read more

What does the US election mean for the climate?

By Chris Winward   The result of the US election is clearly a win for anyone who cares about the climate. Joe Biden has made it clear that he intends the US to re-join the Paris agreement and has pledged $2tn to spend on clean energy. But how much of an impact will the election … Read more

How food waste is used in anaerobic digestion

Food waste can be used in anaerobic digestors to generate gas or electricity, alleviating demand for non-renewable sources of energy to power and heat homes and businesses, while also diverting waste away from landfill. Here we explore how much food is wasted in the UK and globally, and how it can be used for energy. … Read more

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How anaerobic digestion produces renewable energy

Anaerobic digestion (AD) produces renewable energy by breaking down organic materials to release biogas. An anaerobic digestor is essentially a large mechanical digestive system. It requires regular feeding, and the feedstock materials are digested using a variety of chemical and biological processes. Feeding an anaerobic digestor A wide variety of organic materials can be fed … Read more

Final Judging Session for the Dissertation Award!

After months of reviewing all the entries the judges will come together next week to decide the three winners of the dissertation award! The winner of the prize will win mentoring and networking opportunities, along with £1,000. Two runners up will also receive the same opportunities, along with £750. The judging will take place virtually … Read more

What makes a supportive policy environment for AD?

Increased uptake of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology could significantly contribute towards achieving the target of net zero emissions by 2050. Here, we explore the case for ensuring government policy is based on an understanding of the benefits from both a waste management and renewable energy perspective, while supporting investor confidence. Mark Sommerfeld, policy manager at … Read more

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New developments in energy from waste industry

An updated renewable energy from waste manifesto has been released by Privilege Finance, following a series of monumental changes which have impacted the industry in 2020.  Chris Winward, chief commercial officer at the specialist energy from waste funder, explains that the updated manifesto reviews the industry’s progress from social, economic and environmental perspectives, and shares … Read more

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How England should prepare for separate food waste collections

From June 2023, all local authorities in England will be required to ensure separate household collections of food waste are in place. Waste management specialists Paul Palmer from GAP Organics, Grant Keenan from Keenan Recycling and Chris Negus from Privilege Finance highlight the opportunities that will arise and the pitfalls to avoid as public sector and waste management businesses get ready for the change.

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