2 August 2012
Aston University Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) has been awarded £424,000 of research funds, as part of the new SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub.
This research consortium will bring together industry and academia, and is funded by a £3.5m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the RCUK Energy Programme. It will investigate the efficiency and whole-life impact of a variety of biofuel processes and accelerate the deployment of sustainable bioenergy.
Professor Tony Bridgwater of Aston University will be leading two of the ten research projects as follows:
Upgrading of bio-oil
Techno-economic assessment of biofuels by pyrolysis
There are many different pathways from woody biomass to biofuels, some of which are only just emerging and it makes sense to focus research effort on the more efficient and lowest cost processes, as well as those most likely to deliver significant and cost effective greenhouse gas reductions. Whole systems analysis of novel biofuel technologies will be carried out to screen for the most promising technology options.
The hub starts work in August for a five-year period and will be directed by Dr Patricia Thornley at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester.
The BERG team, part of Aston’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) has also recently won funding for promotional and dissemination activities for: