Transport Minister Susan Kramer visited Future Blends on the 12th December, an innovative start-up in Oxfordshire that is developing the technology to turn agricultural and forestry waste into transport fuel. Future Blends was founded in 2012 by the Carbon Trust as part of its advanced biofuels programme called the “Pyrolysis Challenge”. The company is developing technologies to bring advanced fuels to local filling stations. Baroness Kramer took a tour of the laboratory and discussed the next steps for the company with CEO Nick Brooks.
Over a fifth of UK carbon emissions come from transport. That’s why it’s crucial we develop sustainable low-carbon fuels so that we can keep Britain moving while meeting our emissions targets. Britain has a wealth of expertise in this field and is home to many innovative companies like the one I’m visiting today. We are asking for evidence on what this high-tech sector can do to decarbonise transport and create new, green jobs.
We were delighted to welcome Baroness Kramer and her team to visit our Future Blends site and discuss the business environment for advanced biofuels technology development in the UK. Technology development in Future Blends has been funded to date by DECC via the Carbon Trust’s Pyrolysis Challenge programme, and public funding plays a vital role in enabling exciting frontier technology creation to continue to occur in the UK. We look forward to accelerating the commercialisation of our technology over the coming period, with the support of both public and private funding, in order to deliver back to our funders an economically and commercially sound technology for deployment around the world.
Nick Brooks, CEO of Future Blends
The Carbon Trust activities in supporting innovation and development of a wide range of low carbon technologies includes managing public sector grant programmes, spin-out of promising research activities, seed investment and incubation in high-potential start-ups, and strategic advisory to private and public sectors. It was in this context that the Carbon Trust designed and launched its Pyrolysis Challenge research accelerator programme, which aims to develop the pyrolysis pathway to advanced transportation biofuels through the funding of novel pyrolysis-related technologies at UK’s top research institutions and has led to the creation of Future Blends Limited.
For more information on Future Blends see http://www.futureblends.com/