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Closing thoughts

We have very much enjoyed creating this course and we hope that you now have a good understanding of what the bioeconomy is and how it can help us solve …

What are fossil fuels?

What are fossil fuels? Fossil fuels are materials that were formed as a result of natural processes over millions of years. Examples of fossil fuels include natural gas, petroleum and …

Emerging Bioeconomy Entrepreneurs

As a high-growth sector, the bioeconomy is perfect for innovators – people with ideas who want to develop new products, technologies and processes. The good news is that there is …

Careers in the Bioeconomy

There are many reasons why you might want to consider pursuing a career in the bioeconomy. Perhaps you want to help solve the climate crisis? Or think you might be …

The Problem of Algal Blooms

Most training shoes are made from petrochemical-derived plastics. They’re designed to become obsolete once you’ve run 450-500 miles in them and they’re difficult to recycle due to the way they’re …

Sustainable Flavour and Fragrance Extraction

Historically, plant extracts have been the source of flavours for our food as well as fragrances for our soaps and perfumes. More recently, these natural products have been ousted by …

Why Use Bio-based Chemicals?

Biobased chemicals are gaining traction in many chemical sectors. For example, just one biobased platform molecule Levoglucosenone – made by Circa from sawdust – can be used to replace toxic …

Introducing the UKBioChem 10

This video introduces ten bio-based chemicals which represent an business opportunity for the UK. These chemicals have a range of applications from formation of biodegradable plastics to environmentally friendly herbicides. …

Food Waste and Anaerobic Digestion (AD)

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) process uses feedstocks to produce biogas, which is a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide and also digestate, a biofertilizer. In this article we’ll look in more …

What is anaerobic digestion?

So…had you ever heard of AD or anaerobic digestion? It’s a long-established and important technology that helps us manage our waste – things like food waste, sewage and animal manure …

Food waste biorefineries

The Agrimax project is developing multiple, high-value products from crop and food-processing waste. This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube. The Agrimax project uses the following feedstocks: tomatoes, cereals, …

The value of bread waste

For much of history, bread has been a staple of the human diet. However, it has a relatively short shelf life and about one-third of all that is produced goes …

Recycling Coffee Waste

Coffee is more popular than ever before, with 95 million cups of coffee drunk in the UK and around 2 billion cups consumed worldwide every day. Have you ever thought …