Avocet Infinite Plc

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Avocet Infinite Plc's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Avocet Infinite Plc is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Bob Jennings and Martin Frost,
principal directors
Hydroponic production
of fodder grass
Avocet Infinite plc, registered office in Berwick, is a
“natural capital entity” founded in December 2014 with
an issued share capital of £50,000. Martin Frost and
Dr Bob Jennings are the principal directors of Avocet, which
assumed its present name in November 2015. The focus of the
company is the production of sustainable and environmentally
friendly food and automotive fuel. This is executed through
three trading divisions, namely Agriculture, Renewables and
Fuel Systems. The company has grown rapidly and now has an
issued share capital of £17 million in one-pound shares.
The Avocet business is vertically integrated, gathering energy derived from the sun
to power a climate-controlled hydroponics unit to produce food for animals and,
ultimately, humans. The waste materials from the animals are used as the feedstock
to produce a clean road fuel. The Avocet Group workforce currently comprises
its directors, ex-ICI scientists, permanent staff and several consultants, numbering
about 35 personnel in total. Avocet also works with several other companies in the
development of its technology.
Avocet Agriculture Limited
Avocet Agriculture employs disruptive technology to change the face of modern
farming:
»Skilful innovation using proprietary new intellectual property enables Avocet to
grow on one acre an improved crop without the use of insecticides, equivalent to
that conventionally produced on 500 acres.
FACTS ABOUT
AVOCET INFINITE
»Principal directors: Martin
Frost and Bob Jennings
»Established in 2014
»Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed,
Northumberland
»Services: Production
of sustainable and
environmentally friendly food
and fuel
»No. of employees: 35
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»With a growing cycle of eight days,
fresh animal feed is produced
every day of the year and can be
reproduced in virtually any climate
thus giving export potential.
»Management of mould during crop
production using our technology to
safeguard the health of the animals.
»Based upon the Piemontese breed,
Avocet is developing a superior cattle
strain providing healthier meat and
milk, enriched in omega-3.
»Using new building design, Avocet
has conceptually the world’s
foremost and most humane animal
housing which allows a working
environmental symmetry between
man and animal.
»Employing a gamut of techniques
Avocet processes agricultural waste
into clean air, pure water, organic
fertiliser and green fuel.
Avocet Infinite Renewables
Limited
This aspect of the business can be
regarded as the driver for the whole
Avocet concept. Using improved
technology, Avocet harvests renewable
energy, that is, solar, wind and micro-
hydro energy, to produce electricity
which when backed up by battery
storage can power the chemical and
biological processes used by other
aspects of the business. Avocet
hydroponics units require climate and
humidity control, which is powered
by the renewable electricity. Avocet
animals live in “palaces” which are
also climate controlled. The excrement
and other waste from the “palace” is
fed to a novel anaerobic digester to
produce biogas which is upgraded to
increase the concentration of methane.
The anaerobic digestion technology
can also be applied to other types
of waste including food waste and
some municipal waste. Employing
Avocet intellectual property, this
methane is converted into methanol.
Conventional methanol production
employs combustion of natural gas
to reach the high temperatures
required for processing the methane
gas. Bio-methane is too valuable to
be used in this way and the high
temperatures required for reaction are
achieved electrically using some of the
renewable electricity mentioned earlier.
The methanol conversion unit is thus a
major user of the renewable electrical
energy and this helps to maximise
the quantity of methanol that can be
produced from a typical anaerobic
digester. Additional advantages
of the Avocet system are that it is
compact, transportable, site ready
and can utilise a wide variety of waste
feed stocks. The methanol synthesis
package can be retrofitted to existing
anaerobicdigesters.
Avocet Fuel Systems plc
Avocet Fuel Systems plc have
developed a discovery made by ICI in
the 1980s whereby the addition of
an additive to methanol creates a fuel
that mimics diesel fuel in conventional
engines but does not produce any
particulate carbon and generates a
very low level of nitrogen oxides, due
to the low temperatures within the
combustion chambers of the engine.
Piemontese cattle
feeding on fodder grass
Using our
technology,
we generate a
clean fuel: one
that’s greener
than electric
vehicles and
cheaper than
fossil fuels
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Addition of small amounts of water
reduces the NOx emissions even further.
The ICI project was terminated because
of adverse economics, the inability to
produce the additive cost effectively and,
at that time, no strong environmental
drivers. Nowadays, none of these factors
apply and the new avocet continuous
process results in more product, more
cheaply and more safely than before.
Methanol is a very pure fuel, and the
nitrogen oxides level in the exhaust
emissions can be reduced even
further using conventional exhaust
catalysts. Such catalysts are normally
damaged by sulphurous emissions
and particulate carbon. Avocet have
devised a novel process which allows
the additive to be economically
manufactured on the tonnage scale.
Methanol is also a very effective high-
octane fuel for use in spark ignition
engines. It has not found widespread
use in the western world, because the
engine has difficulty in starting, due
to the relatively low vapour pressure
of the fuel. Avocet have also identified
another additive which circumvents
that problem, and this then allows
methanol with the appropriate additive
to function as a universal fuel for all
internal combustion engines.
Why is Avocet methanol different?
Chemically, there is essentially no
difference other than a minuscule
change in the carbon isotope
distribution within the methanol
molecule, which has no effect on its
chemical or combustion properties.
Currently, methanol is a large tonnage
petrochemical which conventionally is
derived from natural gas. The Avocet
approach is to micro-manufacture
green renewable methanol from
biogas derived from waste materials
such as food, farmyard and
municipalwaste.
Summary
Avocet has technology that utilises
renewable and natural resources
to produce healthy food and an
environmentally clean fuel for all
forms of transport. Our products are
fully adaptable and can be installed
anywhere in the world; therefore we
have immense potential to reverse
damaging global changes and to
renew our planet going forward.
Using our technology, we generate
a clean fuel: one that’s greener than
electric vehicles and cheaper than
fossil fuels.
Our products
are fully
adaptable and
can be
installed
anywhere in
the world
Laboratory-scale
continuous flow unit
for Avocet additive
production
BioGTS anaerobic
digestion system

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This article was sponsored by Avocet Infinite Plc. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister