Anaerobic BiotechnologyPlans for a Centre for Anaerobic Biotechnology and Bioresources Research will be outlined by the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) industry at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) Research & Innovation (R&I) Forum 2017 in London next week (28-29 March).

ADBA is establishing an AD research centre

ADBA claims the centre will establish the UK as a ‘global leader’ in the biogas industry. According to ADBA, the centre would aim to transform AD into a more ‘cost-efficient’ and ‘multi-functioning’ biotechnology.

Charlotte Morton ADBA Chief Executive said: “A Centre for Anaerobic Biotechnology and Bioresources Research has the potential to create export opportunities estimated at £5bn and 60,000 jobs while contributing to the UK’s energy security and helping achieve the UN SDGs.”

Dr Mike Mason, research fellow at the University of Oxford and chairman of Tropical Power Ltd – an engineering and construction firm for the AD sector, said: “Power from AD could be competitive with coal and provide more energy than nuclear does today, but is currently only delivering a fraction of this potential.”