Biofuel research

Newcastle University, in collaboration with the north east’s New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) and Japanese-based Yanmar, have begun a new phase of research and development.


NewcastleUniversity, in collaboration with the north east’s New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) and Japan-based Yanmar, have begun a new phase of research and development.



Following a previous venture, a new 9.9kW biofuelled combined heat and power (CHP) system is already operating at Newcastle University’s Cockle Park Farm, and a further 25kW system is due to be installed later in the year. These two systems will be developed in parallel with the existing biofuelled CHP system currently in operation at NaREC’s High Voltage Laboratory in Hebburn.



The new system will be integrated with the existing oil-fired boiler system at the animal husbandry facility, to offset both heat and electricity costs. Any heat from the systems will be used to heat the greenhouses used for the farm or crop research.



NewcastleUniversity’s Paul Bilsborrow said: ‘Small scale combined heat and power systems are ideal for buildings in rural areas that have considerable space heating requirements as well as power requirements.’



The collaborative research and development partnership with NaREC and NewcastleUniversitywill also enable Yanmar to investigate the economic and ecological viability of introducing their technology to the European Market and prepare it for entry once the research and development programme is completed in 2011.