The Global Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biorefining network (GB3 -Net) comprises an international team of leading scientists and engineers from the UK, US, Brazil and China, with expertise spanning different biomass processing technologies across renewable energy and chemicals. This new global biomass network will increase alternative energy research opportunities for young scientists, and will create a platform to enhance global research capacity and capabilities into biorefining processes which will be economically viable.
The aim is to provide younger researchers with unrivalled access to expertise and technologies in catalytic biomass conversion - the process of transforming organic material (biomass) obtained from agricultural waste - into viable forms of high value chemicals and transportation fuels.
The project will involve a programme of researcher exchange between the researchers, PhD Students and academic staff of the participating research institutes which will facilitate and encourage knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration. The exchanges and network will help to enhance and expand global research capacity and capabilities in biorefining processes and stimulate new collaborative research, whilst empowering younger researchers by giving them unrivalled access to expertise in biorefining.
Areas of research undertaken by GB3 -Net will include developing sustainable energy sources for transportation fuels and a sustainable feedstock for organic chemicals manufacturing which also mitigate CO2 and atmospheric particulate emissions from burned agricultural residues. A particular focus on the network will be methodologies for utilising rice straw and bagasse which are a plentiful and unlocked resource across Asia and Brazil.
The project partners are: European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics; University of Kentucky; University of Massachusetts Amherst; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Further details about each of the partners can be found in the partners section of the website
Fourteen multilateral university partnerships have been awarded grants by the Global Innovation Initiative in 2015, a joint effort of the UK and US to foster multilateral research collaboration with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. This project is one of eight awarded to UK-led partnerships by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.