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Date for your Diary
IPPS 2015
7th & 8th October 2015
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales

BioComposites Centre
Annual Report

BioComposites Centre Annual Report 2014


IPPS MASTER CLASS AND 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BC

**IPPS Home Page**
**Anniversary Lectures and Gala Dinner review**

UPCOMING EVENTS
November
18th November 2014
STARS project display of sustainable food packaging at Waitrose store, Menai Bridge

Paper published in Environment International, Volume 73 pp 402-412 December 2014
Cover image Environment International
Assessment of health implications related to processing and use of natural wool insulation products.
Mansour E., Loxton C., Elias R.M. & Ormondroyd G.A.

 

BEACON finalist for RegioStars Award

Since 1989, BC (or The BioComposites Centre) has been at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in manufacturing and industry.

Today, in a world where sustainability and the environment are moving to the top of the agenda, we offer businesses of all kinds the knowledge and the technical means to put those alternatives into practice, helping them lower costs, increase productivity and make their activities more environmentally and socially responsible.

CURRENT NEWS ITEMS

BEACON INVITED SPEAKERS AT 3rd BIOECONOMY STAKEHOLDERS' CONFERENCE

The BEACON project as invited to present at the recent 3rd Bioeconomy Stakeholders' Conference, Turin, October 8 and 9, 2014. The theme of the conference session was ‘Connecting the biomass: illustrating the bioeconomy system in action by following the flows of biomass and residues’ and BEACON was presenting as a Regiostars 2014 winner. More details..

PhD STUDENT SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS THESIS

Md Ashaduzzaman passed his viva and handed in the final copy of his PhD thesis. The work investigated the use of bio-resin to modify wood for the improvement of physical, mechanical and decay resistance properties. More details...

LIMNet WORKSHOP: BIOMIMETICS - The abstraction of good design from nature

There will be a LIMNet biomimetics workshop on 21st October 2014. It will highlight some existing UK biomimetics projects, illustrate how biomimetics can be used in design and problem solving and then go on to discuss and identify possible projects and project partners for future research proposals. More details and Programme...

LIMNet ASSISTED COMPANY UK FINALIST IN EU COMPETITION

ADAPTAVATE, a new UK start-up company, is developing new low carbon bio-based building materials and products. They approached BC and through the LIMNet project received assistance to promote the technology by entering the Climate-KIC EU CleanLaunchpad competition. Read more...

OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS BUSINESS

Graham Ormondroyd will be at Timber-Expo at the NEC, Birmingham on 7th October. If you would like to discuss potential research, innovation or commercial projects please contact him directly to arrange an appointment.

SUPERCRITICAL CO2 ON PYTHAGORAS' TROUSERS

Prof. Ray Marriott appeared on Radio Cardiff on the Pythagoras' Trousers show to discuss the applications of supercritical CO2. The show takes a look at stories of interest from the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, bringing these fields to a wider audience and promoting these subject areas to school pupils. Listen to the podcast first broadcast on 98.7FM at 9pm 8th September 2014. Read more...

RESEARCH TO FIND NATURAL ORGANIC PESTICIDE

BC together with Bangor University's School of Biological Sciences has won grant funding from the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to develop a novel natural herbicide produced via an enzymatic route from an abundant natural oil and bring it to the market. Read more...

2nd UK CONFERENCE ON SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS

The 2nd UK conference on supercritical fluids was held in Bangor, 20-22nd July. The conference was well attended with speakers and delegates coming together from a wide range of countries including UK, Europe, Russia and Venezuela. The conference themes covered extraction, fractionation, reactions, partical formations and technological applications of supercritical fluids. Read more...

BC WINS BEST BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD

BC has won an Impact and Innovation award for the second year in a row, this time in the category 'Best Business Impact'. The award, given by Bangor University, was for recognition of the achievements of work carried out by BC to reduce plastic packaging in the food industry. Read more...

VENTUREFEST WALES

BC will be exhibiting at Venturefest Wales on 9th July. The event is bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to inspire business growth in Wales. It is the first event of its kind, giving businesses and financiers the opportunity to connect with each other, share ideas, meet experts and find solutions that will encourage growth in Wales. More details...

PUBLIC OPEN DAY AT HENFAES

BC were at Henfaes, Bangor Universitys agricultural research station, on 12th June, as part of Universities week. This event aims to raise public awarness of how research at Universites impacts our every day lives. On show were many different bio-based products that we have been developing together with some of the current plant based research projects such as NISE, WISE, STARS.

NEW BC BROCHURE

A new BC brochure detailing the pilot scale capabilities at the scale-up and product development facility based on Anglesey has been produced. Read "The Biorefining Technology Transfer Centre" brochure to find out about our latest equipment acquisitions and processing technologies available. We may be able to help with your business solutions!

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING BREAKFAST CLUB

May 7th, SBBC presentation by Sue Hearn and James Walmsley on building a timber frame extension, including wood fibre insulation, on a traditional quarryman’s cottage. Details of practical experience of working with the materials and dealing with local planning and building control will be given.

BC JOINS INNOVAWOOD

BC attended the InnovaWood general assembly. InnovaWood is an umbrella organisation that integrates four European networks in the Forest, Wood-based and Furniture industries into a more effective mechanism to support innovation in these sectors. Read more...

CONGRATULATIONS TO BEACON

BEACON is the winner of the prestigious European Commission RegioStars Award 2014. This is fantastic recognition of the great achievement and impact of the project. Initially 19 finalist were chosen from 80 projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy funds on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. Read more...

IPPS MASTER CLASS AND 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The IPPS Master Class will be held on 16th and 17th September in Bangor. The planning stages are well under way. This year we are combining the event with a special gala dinner and prestigious lecture to celebrate 25 years in business.

BANGOR SCIENCE FESTIVAL

BC staff will be helping at Hidden Worlds on Saturday 15 March. A display of various natural based materials including bio-based insulation products will be available. See Bangor Science Festival Website for further details.

BEACON CASE STUDY LAUNCH

Finance Minister Jane Hutt launched a BEACON publication, ‘Progress through Partnership’ at a business breakfast held during UK Climate Week [3-9 March] and BioWales 2014. The booklet highlights some of the innovative work underway in the £20m EU-backed BEACON project between companies and Universities in helping to establish Wales as a Biorefining Centre of Excellence. Read more...

ECO-SEE

BC are part of a consortium working on a new EU FP7 project looking to improve the indoor environmental quality of energy efficient buildings through the use of innovative eco-materials that will not only contribute to improved indoor spaces but also have lower embodied energy and carbon compared to existing solutions. Read more...

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