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Durham University

Biofuels, Science and Society

Biofuels, Science and Society Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Biofuels, Science and Society conference has been made possible throught the support of the Insitute of Advanced Studies and various organisations who have provieded sponsorship.





Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network

Biosciences KTN is a UK-based Knowledge Transfer Network operating across the areas of industrial biotechnology, plant & crop science, food bioscience and also animal breeding and welfare.  As part of the theme addressing renewable and sustainable bioproducts we integrate all of the biosciences to promote a move away from dependence on fossil fuels. The development of biofuels relies on the uses of biomass and food waste combined with enzyme catalysed processes applying both industrial enzyme systems and those found in the rumen.  The KTN membership comprises SMEs, large commercial concerns, higher education institutes, investors and also government bodies in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Biosciences KTN Link.



Centre for Process Innovation

CPI contributes to the aim of securing sustainable energy for the future by helping companies to manufacture new products and create lower resource, higher efficiency and more economic industries of the future. We reduce risk, reduce cost and increase the speed of development programmes by bringing together unique, reconfigurable assets with outstanding engineering talent in our open innovation model.

CPI has a range of facilities to develop, prove, prototype and scale up products and processes quickly and cost effectively. These include the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility and the Smart Chemistry Centre that helps to convert batch processes to efficient continuous processes alongside formulation activities that can help develop carbon reducing fuel additives.  We can develop and then scale up biotech products and processes from 1 to 10,000 ltr. These capabilities allow CPI to offer a unique set of services from feedstock treatment and process optimisation, through to the development and testing of robust processes at industrial scale.

CPI Link.



Davy Process Technology

Davy Process Technology Ltd develops and licenses advanced proprietary process technologies for the oil, gas, biochemical and chemicals industries. We also offer collaborating companies an extensive range of technology development, process design and engineering skills.

Portfolio of Process Technologies

Our portfolio of process technologies include reforming, synthesis, hydroformylation, aldolisation, hydrogenation, oxidisation, esterification, dehydration, feed purification, and product recovery and purification by distillation. These are applied in a variety of different processes.

Biochemical Processes: Propylene Glycol; Ethyl Acetate; Natural Detergent Alcohols; Biodiesel;  

Other Processes: Substitute Natural Gas (SNG); Gas to liquids (GTL); Oxo Alcohols; Butanediol; Tetrahydrofuran; Gamma Butyrolactone; Amines; Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA); Dimethyl Ether (DME)

Davy Process Technology Link.



Dong Energy

DONG Energy is a Danish energy company who have been operating in the UK since 2001. We have more than 20 years' experience in offshore wind farm development, having built more wind farms than any other company in the world to date. In the UK we focus on offshore wind energy when it comes to low carbon generation. DONG Energy was among the first energy companies in the world to build biomass-fired power stations. Today, we are one of the leaders in developing power stations that reduce CO2 per kWh generated by utilising CO2-neutral fuels such as straw, wood pellets and wood chips. For quite some time, we have been burning residual products from agriculture and forestry at a number of our power stations. The biomass used is primarily straw, wood pellets and wood chips from farming and forestry.





Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is an international speciality chemicals company and a world leader in sustainable technologies. Many of our products have a beneficial impact on society, improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Biofuels have great potential as a source of clean sustainable energy and Johnson Matthey businesses play an important role in this sector developing and commercialising new technology. Alongside technology and new product development, Johnson Matthey also supports a wide range of sustainability and local community programmes and is delighted to sponsor the Biofuels, Science and Society Conference at Durham University.

Johnson Matthey Link.



North East Bioresources and Renewables

North East Bioresources and Renewables is a cluster of companies and organisations committed to the development of a sustainable renewable energy industry in North East England. Our members share the common aims of promoting commercial and economic growth in this sector and building an industrial cluster/consortium to improve supply chains, business practices and efficiency.

Building upon the original Northeast Biofuels (NEB) cluster activity, we have identified significant potential for the cluster to develop and become a diverse group covering a wide range of industrial activities in the broad area of bioresources and renewables. Drawn from a range of disciplines we have created a strategic advisory group (a NEPIC Thrust Team) which consists of a number of industrial leaders known as North East Bioresources and Renewables (NEBR).

 North East Bioresources and Renewables are sponsoring the Biofuels, Science and Society theme because we see the future of energy and materials production as increasingly including renewable raw materials, we are therefore anxious to understand the issues and to develop solutions to the challenges this direction poses.

NEBR Link.




Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water provides water and sewerage services to 2.7 million people in the North East of England, this includes services for domestic, commercial and industrial customers. Along with meeting the highest standards of regulatory compliance, delivering excellent value for money, and customer satisfaction, the company is committed to reducing energy consumption and the associated carbon emissions from its operations.

Northumbrian Water already has an on-going process optimisation regime seeking to reduce operational cost and environmental impact. Alongside this work, predominantly at the process unit level, an important aim would be to understand and, actively seek developments in, new technology that may reduce the company's energy consumption whilst maintaining the ability to meet necessary environmental compliance standards.

[Northumbrian Water has already, for example, sought to improve the energy balance of its large activated sludge (AS) wastewater treatment processes by installing anaerobic digestion (AD) prior to sewage sludge recycling to land. However, the development of other processes that are inherently even more energy efficient, or can create an even higher value product than AS and AD, such as perhaps micro algae and the lipids which may be harvested from them, could be an important step forward.]

Northumbrian Water can see that the development of biofuels may compete for resources with other highly important goods, not least, food and wishes always to listen and to respond to well informed debate. Northumbrian Water wholeheartedly supports its aims and objectives of the IAS and is pleased to sponsor the event.

Northumbrian Water Link


Perkin Elmer

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and their environment. It provides the analytical instrumentation and services needed to ensure efficient and renewable energy - one of the essential components of a healthier, safer today and tomorrow.

With an increase in the world's consumptions of biofuels, it has become essential to assure its quality. Biofuels can be an economical, clean-burning, and sustainable source of fuel. In order to ensure biofuels quality PerkinElmer has developed a range of solutions that allows achieving your business and operations' objectives, from the field through to the final product, whiling ensuring the quality and meeting ASTM and EN regulatory requirements.

Today, one of the main challenges is how to remotely monitor fuel quality and confirm the varying blend composition required, without delaying delivery to customers. With our range of SpectrumTM FT-IR systems the product quality can be confirmed in seconds, simply by the touch of a button.

Visit our stand at Biofuels Science and Society Conference and discover our range of solutions and latest products.

Perkin Elmer Link 





Rising prices of diesel fuel are creating a market for alternative sources. One of those sources is diesel fuel derived from vegetable oil. Diesel fuel made from plants has the potential to contain glycerols in the form of free glycerin, mono, di and tri glycerides. These compounds have been found to be detrimental to diesel engines so must be removed prior to use.  At Shimadzu we are striving to develop new techniques in Gas Chromatography for the development of Biofuels.  Combining fast GC with high sensitivity we can provide the tools for high quality biofuel production.

Shimadzu Link