20 June 2012
Tony Bridgwater, Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been awarded the ‘UK Environmental Capital Peterborough Clean Energy’ Award. This award recognises outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and promotion of clean energy technologies.
The award was presented to Professor Tony Bridgwater on 28 May 2012 and Peterborough Town Hall by the Lord Mayor of Peterborough, Counsellor George Simons.Peterborough has a long-standing commitment to environmental leadership as the UK Environment Capital. The winner was chosen in collaboration with Peterborough City Council and Cranfield University.
Tony Bridgwater, researcher in bioenergy, has been pioneering the development of thermal biomass conversion and second generation biofuel technologies for over 30 years. Second generation biofuels are produced from non-food crops and wastes and the technologies are more advanced and more efficient than the first generation biofuels which are derived from food crops.
Professor Bridgwater’s name has been closely attached to "Fast Pyrolysis", a new technology to transform biomass to liquid through thermochemical conversion. The last decade has witnessed a phenomenal growth for fast pyrolysis research and is now one of the most topical research areas in the bioenergy field. He has driven fast pyrolysis research in the UK for the last 30 years, and encouraged integrated research efforts across Europe during this time. He has established his name among the global bioenergy community, as many current researchers of bioenergy have been trained or connected to his Bioenergy Research Group.
In addition to this, Professor Bridgwater was Technical Director of the UK Flagship SUPERGEN Bioenergy programmes for over eight years. Currently, he has been involved in winning over £25 million in research grants, which established the foundation for the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University.
During his career Tony Bridgwater has won the following prestigious awards:
Green Leader in the West Midlands in 2011.
Chancellor’s Medal in 2010 in recognition to his consistently high level contributions to the success of Aston University.
The Don Klass Award – awarded at tcbiomass 2009 in Chicago, USA in recognition of Professor Bridgwater’s extensive contributions to the field of bioenergy, as well as his past efforts as organiser of World Biomass Conferences.
Johannes Linneborn Prize winner – in 2007 at the 15th European Bioenergy Conference for “Outstanding contributions to bioenergy”
Edwin Walker Prize winner – awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for “Best conference transaction publication” in 2002
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