News about project milestones and upcoming events within the first phase of NERC Catalyst funding.

April and Sept 2015 - UK Nutrient Platform Meetings

Rachel has been attending the UK Nutrient Platform meetings with stakeholders from various sectors to discuss the objectives, organisation and funding of a cross-sector UK Platform. The aim of these meetings is to facilitate the development of a platform for those with interests in sustainable nutrient use and recycling, nutrient management and security and environmental impact. Facilitated discussions at these meetings have been an opportunity for us to engage and contribute to the creation of a sustainable Nutrient Platform which will meet the needs of stakeholders from multiple areas including industry, policy and research.

September 2015 - Many thanks to our student helpers!

During the summer we had the pleasure of working with two Sixth form students from local schools who were engaged on the Nuffield Research Placements project. Anamay and Trisha ran a project looking at effects of digestate additions on Earthworms using toxicity and avoidance tests. They are currently preparing reports on the data collected and have provided us with interesting results to discuss with stakeholders later this year.  We were also joined in August by a French Intern, Sonia who was interested in learning more about waste management and recycling. She assisted in running the earthworm experiments as well with other aspects of our project and we provided opportunities for her to join researchers on fieldwork to landfill sites and meet with researchers working on waste management.  Thanks Trisha, Anamay and Sonia for all your hard work this summer!

April 2015 – Stakeholder Meeting

The first project Stakeholder meeting was held on 22nd April at Lancaster Environment Centre. Attended by colleagues from Defra, Wrap, Stopford Energy & Environment, ADAS, Biogen, Link-2-Energy and Aqua Enviro, the meeting enabled the project plan to be discussed in detail to ensure that the proposed science is aligned with the requirements of the policy makers and industry alike.

April 2015 – ADBA R&D Forum 2015

Stopford’s Lois Ricketts was invited to present a paper entitled “Land conditioners and plant fertilisers from biomass energy generation by-products” at ADBA’s 2015 R&D Forum in Southampton. Joined by both Dr Alfonso Lag Brotons and Dr Rachel Marshall, the conference provided an excellent arena to further disseminate the ambitions of the project as well as gaining valuable industry insight.

February 2015 – New Project Team Members

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rachel Marshall to as a Research Technician.

January 2015 – Project Kick-Off

The project has now officially kicked-off with ash and digestate samples now being acquired from commercial biomass to energy facilities across the UK.

January 2015 – New Project Team Members

We are delighted to welcome Dr Alfonso Lag Brotons to the team as a Senior Research Associate.

April 2014 – Proposal Success!

The Natural Environment Research Council awards Lancaster University with a £820,000, three year project to “develop a suite of novel land conditioners and plant fertilizers from the waste streams of biomass energy generation”

Sept 2013 – ADBA

The Anaerobic digestion and biogas association has now agreed to support the project and facilitate dissemination activity

Sept 2013 - Barfoots Joins the Consortium

On 25th September, Kirk Semple and Ben Herbert met with Barfoots of Botley. Following a productive meeting, Barfoots were keen to join the consortium and help work towards the production of sustainable fertilizers and soil conditioners.

Sept 2013 - Second Workshop

On the 3rd September, Lancaster Environment Centre hosted the second Resource Recovery from Waste workshop.  The workshop involved selected stakeholders together with academics, and successfully developed a framework for the second phase of NERC funding.

August 2013 - European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA)

Andrea Salimbeni from EUBIA visited LEC to discuss expansion of the NERC Catalyst project into Europe. LEC hopes to join the association soon to further develop our networks and project partners within Europe.

July 2013 - Stakeholder Workshops

The first in a series of collaborative workshops was held in LEC on the 9th and 10th July 2013. The workshop provided a leadership forum for a diverse group of policy and industry leaders, practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and progress new thinking. Each participant had an interest in closing the resource recovery loop and optimising environmental value from the residues from anaerobic digestion (AD) and biomass thermal conversion technologies (incineration, gasification and pyrolysis).

Contact Us

To be kept up-to-date with project developments with a monthly newsletter, or to enquire about potential collaborative opportunities, please contact Dr. Ben Herbert on 01524 510604.