Nova Pangaea Technologies completes E10 biofuel trial on two wheels
Nova Pangaea Technologies Ltd (NPT), the UK based cleantech company, has announced that it has successfully developed and trialed its first E10 fuel on a motorcycle at its headquarters in Redcar.
"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," said Sarah Ellerby, CEO of Nova Pangaea Technologies.
The trial took place on October 30, 2020, and 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.
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, said Sarah Ellerby.
Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA process is a world-first, patented process developed by the company. The fuel for the trial was produced by Nova Pangaea’s sustainable fuel partner, Coryton Advanced Fuels Ltd (Coryton), at its base in Essex.
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, said Luke Goldsmith Commercial Manager at Coryton.
Nova Pangaea was one of four advanced biofuel projects that were awarded funding towards building green transportation biofuel plants by the UK Department for Transport earlier this year.
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, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said.