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Supergen Bioenergy Hub news

Webinar series explores priorities for upcoming flexible funding call, recordings available

Our call for two Flexible Funding Projects worth £100,000 launches on October 5, and during September we held a series of three webinars to scope the priorities for the funding call in the areas of global land use, anaerobic digestion, and algae and marine feedstocks. The webinars featured a variety of expert speakers from academia and industry, explored a range of topics, and helped inform potential applicants of the work going on in these three areas. Recordings are now available on YouTube:

If you have any questions or are interested in applying, please contact Emma Wylde (Project Manager).

Rapid response funding awarded to project investigating the potential of bio-gas fast pyrolysis for the agricultural sector

The Hub has awarded Katie Chong (Aston University), Scott Banks (Aston University) and Sam Cooper (University of Bath) Rapid Response funding for a project which aims to investigate the potential of bio-gas fast pyrolysis for the agricultural sector. The project will explore the technology options, how the benefits compare to alternatives and will see the researchers collaborate with the National Farmer’s Union, as these pathways are of interest to the agricultural sector and their ambitions to achieve net-zero agriculture.

New paper: How can we engage farmers in bioenergy development?

Hub SHARE member Angela Mae Minas (University of Manchester) has published the paper “How can we engage farmers in bioenergy development? Building a social innovation strategy for rice straw bioenergy in the Philippines and Vietnam”, which finds that rice straw burning can be reduced through socially innovative bioenergy solutions which lead to enhanced resource sharing, and helps farmers gain income from bioenergy.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub events

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Fellowship webinar, 14 October 14:30-16:30 BST, online

Our call for up to two Supergen Fellowships will launch in October 2020, and a webinar will be held on 14 October 14:30-16:30 BST to explain the call priorities and expectations of what proposals will address, and a number of successful applicants from previous fellowship calls will present their experiences and stories. Attendance at this webinar is mandatory for an application to be made. More details on how to register and information on the fellowships will soon be made available on our website.

Save the date - Hub Annual Assembly, 16-17 Nov, online

Planning continues behind the scenes for our first Supergen Bioenergy Hub annual assembly, taking place on 16-17 November 2020, which will feature a range of presentations from researchers showcasing the exciting work happening at the Hub. The event will be online due to ongoing restrictions on travel in response to Covid-19 and will be free to attend. For more details on the full schedule and how to register, please keep an eye on our website, or follow us on social media to stay up to date (Supergen Bioenergy Hub on LinkedIn and @SupergenBioHub on Twitter).

Funding and opportunities from Supergen Bioenergy Hub

Flexible funding call for two projects worth £100,000 launches 5 October

Following on from the series of informative webinars we held in September, our Flexible Funding call for two projects worth £100,000 will launch on 5 October. Details will be made available on our website and via our social media channels. Proposals must be within the three areas of land use, anaerobic digestion, or algae and marine feedstocks, and it is advised that applicants view the webinar related to their proposal before submitting. If you have any questions or are interested in applying, please contact Emma Wylde (Project Manager), who can put you in contact with the Hub Topic Group Lead associated with your query.

News and updates from our partners

New Report on the integration of biogas systems into the energy system

IEA Bioenergy has launched a new report carried out under its Task 37 (Energy from Biogas), addressing the flexibility of biogas systems. The report focuses on the changing nature of the role of biogas, the advantages it offers over the use of fossil natural gas within existing infrastructure and finds biogas can play an essential role through a variety of energy vectors.

Events from our partners

Transforming Foundation Industries Technical Challenge Webinars

The Knowledge Transfer Network is running a series of webinars every Wednesday morning, between 10:30-12:00 BST, focused on heat recovery and utilisation; sensors, controls and digitalisation; and waste utilisation and symbiosis. At each of these you will be given the opportunity to either help define the technology needs or to offer solutions.

Biomass Workshop Series – Renewable Energy Directive II implementation and beyond, online

The Sustainable Biomass Programme has organised a series of free webinars, starting in October 2020 running through to January 2021, exploring the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive II and how sustainable biomass can contribute to climate goals.

Wood Heat 2020, 19-22 October 2020, online

The Wood Heat Association and the UK Pellet Council have organised a series of sessions between 19-22 October 2020, which will provide an opportunity to both consider the current status of the wood heat industry and look to the future. These virtual sessions will be followed by a physical Wood Heat Conference in March 2021. Registration is now open for both the online and physical events.

UK Catalysis Hub Conference, 7-8 December 2020, online

Registration is now open for the next UK Catalysis Hub conference, taking place online this year, and features a growing line-up of speakers, a poster session, and a prize up for grabs for the best poster submission.

Spring School on second generation biofuels, 17-19 March 2021, Germany

ABC-Salt, DLR and COMSYN Biofuels are holding a 3-day workshop for PHD students and young researchers from all disciplines, from social to natural sciences and engineering, focused on maximising the outputs of research projects.

Funding and opportunities from our partners

Research fellow in industrial decarbonisation

The UK Energy Research Centre is seeking a research fellow in industrial decarbonisation, contributing to whole systems research for a sustainable energy future, based at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds. Applications close on 8 October 2020.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council seeking applicants for the Engineering Early Career Forum

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are seeking applications from early career industrialists, academics, and from individuals working in the third sector and government organisations to join their Engineering Early Career Forum, which acts as an informal advisory stream to the EPSRC. Applications are open now, and close on 19 October 2020 at 16:00 BST.

Database of catalysis expertise, now in development!

The UK Catalysis Hub is aiming to compile a database of expertise to help build the catalysis community and encourage collaboration, if you are interested in having your profile added to the list please send Corinne Anyika a summary of your expertise and up to 5 key words on your main interests.

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships available

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange Fellowships are intended to enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between NERC funded researchers and their stakeholders, partners and/or user communities with the aim of generating impact from NERC funded research. The deadline for submitting proposals is 2 December 2020.

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