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Biomass Connect with Newcastle University, supported by the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) successfully hosted an informative demonstration event at the Cockle Park Farm, Newcastle University. The event provided a platform for attendees from the biomass industry to gain insights and engage in discussions focused on biomass production, agroforestry, land use and diversification.

Research scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) collaborated with Aberystwyth Printmakers to curate an extraordinary exhibition featuring diverse artwork printed on Miscanthus paper. Miscanthus grass sourced from its native countries in Asia, is typically cultivated as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, and used for producing heat, power, and various high-value products. However, this exhibition introduced an innovative aspect to the utility of Miscanthus – as a medium for papermaking and art. The collaborative effort of the scientists and artists resulted in paper from Miscanthus and generated some really beautiful art and prints on the Miscanthus paper.

Willow planting by Energy Crops Consultancy at the Biomass Connect IBERS Hub site.
Planting crops for biomass energy.

There was so much happening at Cereals, the arable event. Here’s a quick fly-around of some of the stands to give you a flavour of the show.

Willow Planting at the Biomass Connect AFBI Hub Site in Northern Ireland

Terravesta and Miscanthus Nurseries planting Miscanthus at the Biomass Connect IBERS Hub Site in May 2023

Biomass Connect team members recently visited Western Bio-Energy in Port Talbot South Wales, to find out more about this dynamic biomass-to-energy generation plant.

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Planting Miscanthus at the IBERS Hub Site in Aberystwyth.

It’s not all about trees! We may have planted over 100,000 trees for the BiomassConnect project, but we’ve been busy planting Miscanthus too. Miscanthus is a high-yielding, low-input crop that has the potential to be an important source of renewable energy. Our researchers will be exploring its use as a bioenergy feedstock and the potential environmental benefits it may offer. We can’t wait to share our findings with you!

Eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree that’s perfect for producing biomass for energy. These trials will help researchers better understand the best conditions for growing alder as a bioenergy crop. By investing in sustainable energy sources like Eucalyptus, we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and help protect the planet.