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A round-up of news and events from Supergen Bioenergy Hub and partners

Supergen Bioenergy Hub news 

New blogs on the Supergen Bioenergy Hub website

Are biofuels the answer to kick-start decarbonisation in the shipping sector?
Andrew Welfle, representative for our Vectors and Resources topic groups, examines the current state of the global shipping sector and how it can move towards decarbonisation through a commitment to the use of biofuels.

Rice growing produces tonnes of excess straw – can we turn it into ‘bioenergy’?
Systems Topic Group lead, Mirjam Röder writes about the work of the Rice Straw to Biogas project in The Philippines.

Keep an eye on our blogs section for more comment and updates, and get in touch if you'd like to write one yourself. 

Supergen Bioenergy Hub awards funding to assess potential of processing pathways for UK biomass

Funding of £100,000 has been awarded to Professor Edward Lester from the University of Nottingham to lead a project looking at optimising integrated bioenergy and high-value product processing pathways for UK biomass resources. The work packages will be led by three early career researchers – Dr Orla Williams from the University of Nottingham, Dr Abby Samson from the University of Lincoln and Dr Emily Kostas from University College London – with respective expertise in biomass processing, biofuel production and bioproducts production, under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub to contribute to Birmingham’s Route to Zero

Our Director, Patricia Thornley has been invited to join Birmingham’s newly established Route to Zero (R20) Taskforce. The taskforce has been set up to support the development of an action plan which will set out how Birmingham can respond to the global climate emergency and deliver on the ambition for the city and the Council to become net zero by 2030.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub response to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into agriculture, achieving net-zero emissions

The inquiry examines how agriculture can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 whilst maintaining food production. It will also look at how those affected in farming communities can be supported through the transition fairly. The Supergen Bioenergy Hub has submitted a response, which is available to view online

Paving the way towards clean energy and fuel in Europe

The final report and presentations from the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) 2019 workshop ‘Paving the way towards clean energy and fuels in Europe’ are now available to view online via the CIRCABC platform.

The workshop comprised talks with research, industry and EU member states on bioenergy, advanced biofuels and renewable fuels.

Hub Director, Patricia Thornley moderated the discussion on ‘Intermediate bioenergy carriers value chain’.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub events

Joint Supergen Bioenergy Hub and International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 33 workshop on waste gasification, 26 November, Birmingham

This workshop will bring together industry and academia to discuss developments in technology and R&D.

Follow #biofuels_conf to keep up with our conference in Gothenburg, 4-6 November

Whether or not you’re attending the ‘Building a sustainable European biofuel industry’ conference, you can follow proceedings on social media using #biofuels_conf.

Short course: Energy from Biomass Combustion, 14-16 January, University of Leeds

This course from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds has been developed in conjunction with the Supergen Bioenergy Hub, and provides a comprehensive overview of energy from biomass combustion. You can book for the full three-day course or just one day.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub funding

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Early Stage Career Fellowship

You can find full details and the application form on our website. The deadline for applications is 20 December.

Interim deadline for rapid response funding

If you would like your rapid response funding application to be reviewed at the next Core Management Group meeting in November, please send your application to Emma Wylde by close of business on Wednesday 6 November.

News from partners and collaborators

Approval given for Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to become independent

Following approval from the UK’s Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and HM Treasury, one of our core partners, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, will become autonomous from UK Research & Innovation and the Natural Environment Research Council, launching as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status on 1 December.

Offshore Renewable Energy Facilities Survey

As part of the development of an online repository of facilities in the UK, the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub is carrying out a survey of the ORE community to understand the facilities currently available for ORE research. Your responses will be used to ensure that a comprehensive list of facilities and their capabilities are listed, in addition to demonstrating the current usage and requirement for them by the ORE community. Please complete the survey by 31 October.

Drax strengthens biomass sustainability policy

Drax has strengthened its biomass sustainability policy and set up an independent advisory board of scientists, academics and forestry experts to ensure the biomass the company uses to generate renewable electricity meets the highest standards.

Presentations now available from Strategic Priorities Fund Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators workshop

UK Research and Innovation held a workshop in London on 16 October focused on the Strategic Priorities Fund Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators Programme. Presentations from the workshop are now available to download from the programme website.

Events from partners and collaborators

STEAMlab: Making best use of clean tech in the West Midlands with Adelan, 30 (from 4pm) and 31 October, Birmingham

Adelan are hosting this STEAMlab challenge to try to unlock routes for new clean tech solutions to have real impact on the climate and environmental challenges we are facing right now.

Speakers announced for Supergen ORE Hub Annual Assembly, University of Strathclyde, 6 November

Confirmed industry speakers include: Will Apps, Head of Energy Development, The Crown Estate; Elva Bannon, Senior Research Engineer, Wave Energy Scotland; and Ùna Brosnen, Business and Strategy Development Manager - Offshore Wind, Atkins Global. Register now.

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH): Data services workshop, 12 November, Manchester

CEH is developing a Data Science Framework (DSF) to enable easy access to CEH environmental datasets and models. They are designing the DSF to be used by the environmental research community and want to share what you can access already and hear if what they are planning meets your needs.

International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy webinar: Future prospects for wood pellet markets, 13 November

The webinar will be moderated by Uwe R Fritsche and presented by Chenlin Li, Ric Hoefnagels, Fabian Schipfer and Olle Olsson.

DecarboN8 launch: Place-based decarbonisation for transport, 25 November, Leeds

The DecarboN8 network brings together researchers, industry, government and communities to design place-based solutions, which can be deployed rapidly and at scale to deliver sustainable transport for all. Register now to attend the network launch event.

You're hired 2019: Careers for young professionals in the chemistry sector, 27 November, Birmingham

This event aims to highlight some potential careers that are available in academia, and in some obvious and not-so-obvious industries. The speakers will describe what those roles look like on a day-to-day basis and the potential paths into them, including the types of support that are available to help you succeed.

STEM Conference 2020: STEM graduates for a world of change, 29-30 January, Manchester

This two-day conference highlights cutting-edge pedagogies, innovations and research taking place across the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector through a variety of peer-led sessions.

Engineering the Energy Transition Conference: Technological and industrial opportunities and challenges, 26-28 February, Belfast

This new conference, organised by the Bryden Centre, will provide a forum that will facilitate the harnessing of scientific and industrial capabilities, advanced technologies, new business models and societal drivers to engineer the energy transition. The deadline for abstracts is 15 November. 

Funding from partners and collaborators

Environmental Biology Network (EBNet) placement awards

These awards facilitate the transfer and exchange of research and knowledge for training purposes or for the accumulation of new skills. Six awards are available each year: two worth up to £1,500 each for UK-based industry placements, two worth up to £1,500 for UK-based research placements and two worth up to £3,000 each for overseas research placements.

Environmental Biology Network (EBNet) travel bursary grants

The grants enable UK-based EBNet members to attend and travel to and from national or international events and meetings. Each year, up to 50 grants worth up to £100 each are available for UK-based travel and up to two grants worth up to £1,500 each are available for overseas travel.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

The fellowships allow academics to concentrate on full-time research and be relieved of teaching and administrative responsibilities. Deadline: 12 November

Job opportunity: Research Associate at Aston University

Aston is currently advertising for a Research Associate role in the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI), where the Supergen Bioenergy Hub is based. Deadline: 17 November

Royal Academy of Engineering SME Leaders Programme

This six-month programme supports individuals in executive roles in high-growth engineering and technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop their leadership skills. Deadline: 18 November

National Centre for Energy System Integration (CESI) directed call on energy systems decision support and policy formulation

CESI’s £300,000 directed call is now open for expressions of interest for collaborative research proposals to integrate and build upon existing CESI research, providing decision support and policy formulation. The funded projects will last up to 12 months and will have a particular focus on energy system integration methods and tools. Deadline: 19 November

APEX Award

The APEX Award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. Deadline: 26 November  

STEM For Britain poster competition

Open to early career researchers in STEM, this competition provides an opportunity to present your poster at an annual event run by the House of Commons Parliamentary Scientific Committee. Deadline: 2 December

Registration open for the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program 2020

The Natural Environment Research Council is supporting the participation of three or four PhD students from UK institutions on this summer programme. Deadline:11 January

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