A £9 million plant making sustainable fuels using patented technology developed in collaboration with NASA will open in Northern Ireland next year.

Renovare Fuels’ site will see close to 2 million litres of advanced renewable biofuels produced each year, made from the biogas produced by landfill waste.  

The Craigmore, County Derry plant is a first for the UK and Europe, with dozens of local jobs set to be created during construction, as well as several long-term skilled engineering positions.

The firm’s latest £9m investment is being developed alongside Northern Ireland renewable energy operator B9 Energy Control Limited and leading UK biogas experts Powerhouse Management Ltd. 

Renovare Fuels’ advanced renewable biofuels are a direct ‘drop in’ replacement for diesel and petrol aviation fuel, with no requirement for engine modifications.

Biofuels can support industries facing the largest barriers to Net Zero, including the road haulage, maritime and aviation sectors. Last year, one-quarter of all emissions across the UK originated from the transport sector.

Developed in the United States in collaboration with sister company T2C Energy, NASA and the US Department of Energy, the greener fuel alternative is claimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 97%. 

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“Renovare Fuels are delighted to be commencing operations in Northern Ireland. This crucial investment will ensure we play a leading role in creating a sustainable future for the transport sector,” said Matthew Stone, chairman at Renovare Fuels.

“As we work to meet our global climate goals, we have an exciting opportunity to scale up the UK’s production of renewable fuels, producing more than 1.8 million litres per year in Northern Ireland to support the industries that face the largest barriers to the Net Zero transition.” 

UK government estimates suggest 32m tonnes of biodegradable waste are generated annually – enough to produce more than two billion litres of biofuels per year and significantly cut emissions.

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