Bio Fuels Expo 2017





After nearly 2 years away from the scene, we’re getting the band back together and on the road.

The only convention of its kind to occur in the South-Mid-East of Norwich, the second in the series of groundbreaking conventions is sure to blow your socks off and explode your mind – with the use of environmentally sourced fuel.

The whole team is back together to ensure that the sequel to 2015’s most talked about industrial convention is bigger, badder and sassier than ever. 

With no further ado lets re-introduce you to the talented group of individuals who are getting ready to truly educate you on the ins and outs of Biofuel Usage In A Safe And Controlled Manner In Conjunction With The Use Of More Traditional Fuels Set Within An Industrial Setting For The Exclusive Benefit Of For-Profit Companies In The Southern-Mid-Eastern District Of Rural Norwich!

Jacobius Nevermare

jacobius nevermareJacobius has decades of experience in the fields of Swimming Pool Maintenance and Chlorine Regulation. He knew nothing about Biofuels back in 2015 and he’s learnt nothing about Biofuels since then, but he’s scheduled to be our headline keynote speaker nonetheless!

With a passion for Science-Fiction and Fantasy, its been argued that his trademark tangents can lead to a complete abandonment of any serious discussion of any industry-related topic – however we here a Biofuels Expo love a speaker that can cause some controversy!

Love him or hate him, Jacobius will be taking the Green Hall over on Saturday night with a curated look at the History of Vulcan-centric Star Trek Stories followed, of course, by his now classic 3-hour Psy-Trance set which is sure to keep you engaged for the whole night!

Geraldina Concertinageraldina concertina

If you’re having trouble digesting the name written above: let us help you out.

She’s loud, she’s proud, she’s a Mother of four from Edgbaston who has a decade of experience working in her local Supermarket. They thought it couldn’t be done, but they were so wrong. Coming out of retirement for one last job is the foremost expert in shelf-stacking and inventory management – Mrs. Concertina her self.

At 2015’s expo she caused an uproar with her earth-shattering appeal to Heinz regarding the stack-ability of their Baked Beans cans. Two years on and Heinz have yet to even acknowledge her plight. There’s no way we can predict what she’ll say or do, but one thing is for sure: you don’t want to miss out on this cockney firecracker when she kicks off.

Yolanda Taxofile

yolanda taxofileOur final returning player from 2015’s first expo, Yolanda has a slightly different tack when compared to our other speakers. A woman of few words, she communicates solely through the use of Windows 95 Clip Art and Word Art compiled using the 98 Home Edition of Powerpoint.

Often criticised for being ambiguous, or outright oblique, Yolanda’s calm presence was a welcome counterpoint to out more outrageous speakers at the last convention. We can’t wait to see what she’s been working on for the last couple of years.

Although she is still planning on sticking to her roots regarding her medium of communication, there has been rumours on the conference scene that she is now experimenting with slide transition animations and even some sound bites. Where Miss. Taxofile goes, the world tends to follow – don’t forget to book your seat.

We’re absolutely ecstatic to announce the line up for 2017’s big event and we know you can’t wait to see what else we’ve got planned. 

Keep an eye out on this blog over the next year and we’ll detail how you can get your grubby fingers on tickets.


Making Garden Furniture with Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets can be used as home decor material. Basically these are wooden crates and boxes which can be reshaped used as furniture in your garden. The old wooden pallets are designed in such a way that makes it sturdy and can be used as garden furniture. One can easily prepare a small table out of wooden crates and boxes without much hassle.

It is really easy to make any garden furniture just by dismantling the wooden pallets and removing the chocks which were there on the underside of the pallet. To make any furniture you need to remove these chocks so that you can now experiment in your own way.

Coffee table:

Making coffee table from wooden pallets is one of the great ideas that can be used a garden furniture. Wooden crates or the pallets are a great option to prepare the coffee table. For this you need to collect 2 pallets, caster, foam, fabric for the top covering of the table, sandpaper for cleaning the surface, wood stain varnish, power saw and claw hammer. Once you get all the required stuff you need to cut down the wooden brace for both of the pallets. The cross wood braces is very useful to nail the pieces of pallets together. After that you need to polish the surfaces with the help of sandpaper and try to apply the paint of your choice. After applying 2 coats you can simply use casters at the bottom if you wish. After that you need to combine the pallets with the help of the cross brace wood and your coffee table is ready for use.

Garden sofa:

A small garden sofa with the help of wooden crates or pallets is another great option as your garden furniture. Attaching two pallets and providing legs to it by the help of nails can easily be done. Paints, sandpaper, nails, long pallets or crates, power saw are some of the important stuff that you need for preparing the sofa or sitting stool. You need to dismantle the wooden chocks and then attach the pallets with the help of the nails. Next attach legs to the pallets and paint the furniture after polishing the surface. This is a great option as a wooden stool where you can sit and enjoy the landscape of the garden. Again attaching sofas cushions to it can be really comforting and a great furniture for your garden.

A lot of other kinds of furniture can be prepared from the pallets or wooden crates like book cases or even small table for keeping important items. You can customize the furniture by experimenting with paints or even placing a glass slab on the table. A glass coffee table or a green colored table from crates is really a great option as garden furniture.

Save Money (and save the planet) with a Conservatory!

A conservatory can be a very pleasant addition to your house – a lovely place to sit and enjoy views of your garden in warmth and comfort. But perhaps you were not aware that a well-designed conservatory can actually save you money on your household fuel bills, and if you are canny, perhaps on your food bills too.

– Solar gain and thermal mass:

When talking about the capacity of your house to absorb and retain heat, a lot of jargon is bandied about. In fact, the issue is very simple. The sun is an energy source, and in cold-weather climates, harnessing that energy is vital for space heating. The heat your house ‘collects’ from the sun is called ‘solar gain’. A well-designed conservatory, especially one that is south facing, with large windows, will act as a heat collector, if you will – gathering the suns rays and thereby raising the temperature of the room – it can even help to heat your whole house, thereby lowering your space heating bills and saving you money in the long run. You will be surprised at how warm a conservatory can actually get.

The other key factor in a well-designed conservatory is ‘thermal mass’. Thermal mass is just a solid, dense material that will absorb heat from the sun during the day and slowly release it later. A good conservatory should have plenty of thermal mass. A brick wall would do, as would clay render or ceramic floor tiles, which are also very good for thermal mass. It really does not matter what it is, but when you have it, you will certainly notice how it can help to regulate the temperature of your home through the day and night.



– Thermal Efficiency:

When thinking about the thermal gain it is also useful to think about thermal efficiency, so make sure that your conservatory is designed to be as thermally efficient as possible. This means having the best possible windows and fittings. Having the latest double or triple glazing can be a good idea – the extra money you spend may be reflected in the decrease in your heating bills.

– Growing space:

When you see your savings on your fuel bills you may well be impressed enough, but if you are looking at reducing your living costs further and becoming more self-sufficient into the bargain, a conservatory can also be a good investment in that it gives you excellent growing space – as good as a heated greenhouse, but without the big fuel bills. Whether you are dabbling with a few herbs and a tomato plant, or going the whole hog and starting vegetables for later planting into a garden plot, consider turning your conservatory into a green haven and you could save yet more money by growing some of your own food. Yet another benefit to buying a conservatory.

Source: Allerton Windows

Using Peat Briquettes as a Wood Fuel

There is a reason why multifuel and wood burning household stoves are becoming more and more popular. They give the householder the option to heat their house sustainably and efficiently and also give them the chance to use a range of modern alternative energy fuel sources. One of these fuel sources are peat briquettes. How do peat briquettes stack up against wood or other fuels for home space heating?

– What are Peat Briquettes?

In the Scottish Highlands and Islands, people have been burning peat to heat their houses for centuries. It is even used still to imbue malt whisky with its complex aroma. Modern peat briquettes on the market are a compressed form of this traditional fuel – compacted blocks of this natural vegetative fiber.

– How effective are they at heating?

Peat briquettes will burn very, very hot. Most people will only put one or two briquettes on their fire at one time. It has been said the same quantity of peat will have a higher energy output than dried firewood, and the energy output is steady with peat, and will continue for a longer time than with wood pellet fuel.

peat briquettes

– How long do they last?

Usually, peat briquettes and wood pellets will last for much longer than wood or other fuel sources. They are frequently used by home consumers to keep a stove going over night, so it does not have to be relit each and every morning.

– The down side:

Unfortunately, peat briquettes do not combust with a pleasing flame like wood but rather will give off a small blue tinged orange flame and glow like coal or coke. They can also be more expensive when considered in relation to wood and other fuels. There may also be concerns about digging up and depleting peat fields, which are a natural carbon sink, so an end-to-end analysis is needed to determine whether peat is a sustainable and environmentally friendly option. It is important to always check where your peat briquettes are coming from.

Many people solve at least the first two of the above problems by combining peat briquettes with another fuel source like wood logs, which allows them to take advantage of peat’s superior steady heating and longevity, whilst still getting the benefit of a pretty fire and the cheaper wood fuel to provide the bulk of burned material. It should also be noted that the smell of wood and peat combined is a particularly pleasant combination.

Peat briquettes are one good option to be used as a fuel in a home heating system, though vegetable fiber briquettes that do not deplete peat fields could be said to be a more sustainable option for the mass market in the long run.

Introduction to Biofuels

A biofuel is any fuel created from recently growing plant or micro algae. These sources of carbon can be vegetable or grain crops, or agricultural waste. These biofuels are used as an alternative to fossil fuels as a more sustainable and renewable alternative for power generation. They can be used in generating electricity, manufacturing or space heating, but are most frequently discussed in relation to automotive propulsion and as fuel for other means of transportation, including freight lorries, ships and aeroplanes.

Current/ First-generation Biofuels:

These biofuels are derived from grown crops, such as maize or sugar. Ethanol fuel, biogas, syngas, and biodiesel are all examples of current biofuels. Biodiesel is the most frequently used biofuel in Europe, and can be used in any diesel engine when mixed with fossil diesel. Feedstocks for biodiesel can include vegetable oils, palm oil, rapeseed, soy, mustard, flax, sunflower, hemp and algae. There are also solid biofuels, which include wood (burned directly or from sawdust, or processed).


Advanced Biofuels:

Advanced biofuels, unlike the first generation biofuels, are not derived from the sugars and vegetable oils in standard crops, but rather are produced from waste material. They include woody mass, agricultural waste and residues, and though harder to process, are less impactful in terms of land use, and therefore more sustainable. Ideally, any grown feedstocks for advanced biofuels will be able to grow on marginal, non-arable land on which it is difficult or impossible to grow food crops. Advanced biofuel technology also deals with the creation of plastics, pigments and other products from waste products, to prevent the spread of current plastic pollution and of course to reduce reliance on dwindling fossil fuels.


Though biofuels do offer the only mid-range solution to replacement of fossil fuels in vehicles, there are problems with the use of biofuels. It is, for a start, not the most efficient way to garner energy from the sun. Photosynthesis, the process by which the plants convert the sun’s energy, is only 6% efficient, which means that much of the solar energy is ‘wasted’ before it can be turned into fuel.
Land-use, mostly of concern with the first-generation sources for biofuel, is also a concern. Land is valuable, and could be better used to grow food crops. Inefficient use of space on this planet is not sustainable, and lack of habitat diversity also poses a problem for ecologists.

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Advanced biofuels have already begun to solve some of the problems of land use experienced by first generation biofuels, but scientists are working on improving efficiency and extraction techniques. Advances in plant breeding and genetics may allow for more efficient photosynthesis in the future. Biological research may yield new understanding and birth new technologies to extract energy from plant matter. Sustainably produced biofuels will be much more prevalent as we move into the future. It is important that policies and economic incentives are put in place and that the commercialization of biofuels is sustainable and responsible.

For now, in spite of the problems and difficulties of biofuels, they are the best alternative we have to fossil fuels for many manufacturing and vehicular uses. While electric and hydrogen technologies may one day come to replace biofuels, they are not yet viable alternatives on the global scale. For now, biofuel improvements are the best we can hope for.