By: Merryn Somerset Webb 05/11/2018 The phone rings. You pick it up. At the other end is a charming-sounding man. He tells you about a company he thinks you might be interested in. It’s in the renewable energy business; it has a novel technology that could be game-changing for the industry – and your financial future. It operates out of a well-known science park and seemingly has the backing of brilliant academics. Buy into it now, says the nice man, and you will be supporting a possible part solution to global warming as well as giving yourself the chance of making returns beyond most people’s wildest dreams. What do you do? You hang up. This is your only choice – regardless of how rude or self-sabotaging it might seem. To convince you of this, I want to tell you the grubby story of Oxford Renewable Fuel Limited (not to be confused with the real and honest company, Oxford Renewables). Incorporated in 2013, Oxford Renewable Fuel (ORFL) had as its sole director Adrian Eyre. He claimed the company was able to use bacteria to produce methane; that this biogas could be used as energy; and that the technology had been tested… Read full this story
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