Should we be optimistic about the future potential for the bio-economy, despite the election of a US President with no interest in combating climate change or investing in clean technologies? Support for investing in low carbon technologies appears to be growing among global industry leaders but it would be more encouraging if renewables and the […]
Why invest in The Circular Economy? Alongside the challenge of boosting its competitiveness in the run up to Brexit, the British food and drink industry is faced by increasing energy and raw material costs. However, it seems that the political values behind the termination of our EU membership encompass a reluctance to embrace climate change […]
Is increasing interest in the development of a more circular economy also compatible with Brexit? The food and drink sector is a key part of Britain’s economy and a major employer as well as a significant energy and natural resource user. Our manufacturers will develop new markets while maintaining their EU sales, but they also need […]
I am finding that more companies in the Dairy processing sector (and other food and beverage manufacturers) are realising that their production residues are a source of renewable energy rather than just an escalating cost. The public also seem to love the idea, following the number of positive comments we’ve received after the press announcement on […]
Despite continued uncertainty about the future of support mechanisms for on-site renewables, from a Government that does not understand the opportunity for smaller scale decentralised energy generation, I am looking forward to a positive year for Clearfleau in 2016. The launch of our new website will help raise our profile, and show the benefits of […]
With annual energy savings of around £100,000 from converting daily 200,000 litres of liquid residues into renewable energy, Nestlé leads the way in sustainable manufacturing. I believe that the UK food and beverage industry can learn a lot from Nestlé. Why? Because Nestlé ’s sustainable approach to handling residues is reducing costs by converting them […]
The recent announcements by DECC on incentives and pre-accreditation will harm the development of smaller scale on-site AD (on farms, community and industrial sites) as it adds to uncertainty on the level of investment return that commercial investors require. It also shows that the Government does not recognise the need for more sustainable manufacturing or […]
I am delighted that First Milk and Lake District Biogas have commissioned Clearfleau to design, build and operate the largest anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to be installed on a UK dairy processing site. It will generate biogas entirely from cheese processing residues, possibly the first plant of its kind in Europe. Clearfleau has finished the […]
Happy customers are a key part to a business like ours and it is great when they are prepared to talk about what they are doing with our technology. We were delighted that soon after completing the optimisation of their first plant, a major whisky distillery asked us to design and build a second facility […]
Incompetent policy making is wasting taxpayers money, undermining the ability of British engineers and scientists to develop innovative renewable energy solutions. Chairing a session at ADBA’s Research & Development Forum at Southampton University last month highlighted the extent to which Government policy mistakes are having unintended consequences, undermining British firms in the renewables sector and […]
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