Tees cleantech innovators complete successful biofuel trial

Tees cleantech innovators Nova Pangaea Technologies has successfully developed and trialled its first E10 fuel on a motorcycle at its headquarters in Redcar.

The trial, which took place at the end of October, featured Nova Pangaea’s breakthrough process, REFNOVA, which converts second generation non-food feedstocks such as woody and agricultural residues into valuable products for biofuels, biochemicals and biopolymers.

CEO Sarah Ellerby said: “This is a significant milestone for Nova Pangaea, we have now proven that REFNOVA will produce viable products for biofuels which are a critical part of the shift towards net zero.

“I’m really proud of our team for the hard work, determination and dedication that is going into our rapid development as a company.

“I’m also extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Department for Transport whose grant funding was critical in our ability to reach this crucial milestone.

“This is a significant part of the global energy transition – replacing fossil fuels to work towards net zero.

“In order for us to meet our carbon reduction targets, alternative fuels need to be from non-fossil fuel sources.

“Bioethanol is a sustainable drop-in that does not require additional infrastructure investment.”

The fuel was produced by Nova Pangaea’s sustainable fuel partner, Coryton, at their base in Essex.

Coryton’s commercial manager Luke Goldsmith said: “As the world continues to transition away from fossil fuels, the REFNOVA process could make a critical contribution to the target of net-zero emissions.

“Having reviewed and formulated fuels, using many sustainable components, Coryton can say with confidence that second-generation ethanol of this quality will be a welcome addition to the increasing biofuel slate”.

Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA process sustainably converts plant residues from forestry and agricultural processes and turns it into the base products for biofuels, biopolymers and biochemicals.

The technology is a world-first, patented process developed by the Redcar, UK based company. Significant commercial interest in 2nd generation technology is worldwide.

UK Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “As part of our greenprint for the future of transport we’re committed to slashing emissions across all vehicles on our roads as we look to end our contribution to climate change by 2050.

“By supporting trials such as this we can take advantage of reduced CO2 emissions and this small switch to cleaner petrol will help drivers reduce the environmental impact of every journey, with us all benefitting from breathing cleaner air.”