Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Energy News  

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Britain launches its first sugar-fuel plant

by Staff Writers
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2007
Britain officially launched Thursday its first bioethanol plant, which will produce millions of litres of fuel each year from sugar.

The plant, situated next to a British Sugar processing factory in Wissington, eastern England, started producing bioethanol for the domestic transport market in September.

"We've got a big potential to save, with these fuels, a lot of damage that is being done to the planet," said Lord Jeff Rooker, the sustainable food and farming minister, at the official launch.

The plant cost 20 million pounds (41 million dollars, 28 million euros) to build.

"We're very pleased with this investment to make this a practical reality on a practical scale -- this is not experimental, this will put fuels into cars."

The 70 million litres, or 55,000 tonnes, of bioethanol the plant will produce each year will go towards the government's target for renewables to make up five percent of fuel sold at fuel stations by 2010.

Around one million tonnes of biofuels are required to meet the target.

The plant uses some 110,000 tonnes of sugar grown in Britain, which is surplus to quota allowances and can no longer be exported from the European Union. Those regulations were a primary factor in building the plant.

British Sugar is to build a 200-million-pound bioethanol plant in Hull, northern England, which will produce 420 million litres of fuel from domestic-grown wheat.

"This is a new industry, it's a fast evolving industry and it definitely needs a government support framework in order to allow investment," said British Sugar chief executive Mark Carr.

The Wissington plant launch comes a day after Business Secretary John Hutton gave the green light for Britain to build the world's biggest biomass station.

The 350-megawatt wood chip-fuelled electricity generating plant will be sited in the industrial town of Port Talbot on the south Wales coast. It will cost 400 million pounds to construct.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The Power Of Multiples: Connecting Wind Farms Can Make A More Reliable - And Cheaper - Power Source
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2007
Wind power, long considered to be as fickle as wind itself, can be groomed to become a steady, dependable source of electricity and delivered at a lower cost than at present, according to scientists at Stanford University. The key is connecting wind farms throughout a given geographic area with transmission lines, thus combining the electric outputs of the farms into one powerful energy source. The findings are published in the November issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

  • Analysis: U.S. irked by Turkmen gas policy
  • Analysis: Delta funding not just for arms
  • Analysis: KazMunayGaz's prosperity rises
  • Britain launches its first sugar-fuel plant

  • Vattenfall to restart two German reactors by end of February
  • New nuclear plant safe against earthquakes, Bulgaria says
  • US backs building of new nuclear power plant in Armenia: official
  • India, IAEA launch consultations over nuclear safeguards

  • A Breathable Earth
  • Researchers Find Origin Of Breathable Atmosphere Half A Billion Years Ago
  • Study Reveals Lakes A Major Source Of Prehistoric Methane
  • Giant Atmospheric Waves Over Iowa

  • Indonesia's forests: a precious resource in climate change fight?
  • Dalai Lama bemoans deforestation of Tibet
  • Follow the money trail in illegal logging crimes: Indonesian activists
  • Vanishing forests a counterpoint to Indonesia's climate crusade

  • Scientists to discuss ways to 'climate-proof' crops
  • Noah's Flood Kick-Started European Farming
  • Greenpeace slams 'unsustainable' new tuna quota
  • FAO report urges paying poor farmers to be green

  • German cars world champs, except in Germany
  • Honda Debuts All-New FCX Clarity Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle
  • 300 Miles Per Gallon! Aptera Motors Unveils Ultra Efficient All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid
  • Schwarzenegger showcases 'green' cars at Los Angeles show

  • China to order up to 150 Airbus jets during Sarkozy visit: report
  • Time Magazine Recognizes The X-48B
  • Virgin to offer carbon offsets alongside drinks and perfume
  • NASA sorry over air safety uproar

  • Nuclear Power In Space - Part 2
  • Outside View: Nuclear future in space
  • Nuclear Power In Space
  • Could NASA Get To Pluto Faster? Space Expert Says Yes - By Thinking Nuclear

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement