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.
Avocet Infinite Plc
Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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Bob Jennings and Martin Frost,
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
»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.
»Principal directors: Martin
Frost and Bob Jennings
»Established in 2014
»Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed,
of sustainable and
environmentally friendly food
»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
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
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.
feeding on fodder grass
we generate a
clean fuel: one
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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
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
continuous flow unit
for Avocet additive
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review
This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.
In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.
We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.
And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.
As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.