From Bin to Biofuel

From Bin to Biofuel

University of York Industry-Research Partnership Looks to Make Household Waste Commercially Viable

Ranked second in the UK for research excellence in ecology and environmental science, the University of York is leading the way in addressing challenges posed by climate change. The European funded Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a University of York subsidiary, has been working with academics at the University and industry partners to develop and scale up ways of converting plants and wastes into products.

One of these collaborations is with local business, Wilson Bio-Chemical, who have pioneered a steam treatment process which has the potential to convert waste into biofuel, reducing the amount of rubbish going into landfill by up to 90%.

Credit: Biorenewables Development Centre

Professor Simon McQueen-Mason  =, a project partner and researcher at the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products  at the University of York, comments on the project: “Our research is exploring how we can produce biofuels from waste rather than crops allowing more agricultural land to go back into food production to cope with the expanding human population.”

This collaborative project demonstrates the positive impact research can have on the local economy and the planet. As a next step, the partners are setting up a new facility to demonstrate the viability of the product on a larger scale. This pioneering technology aims to reduce waste by turning it into a resource.

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