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

Supergen Bioenergy Hub news and events

REA report: Ministers must commit to 16% bioenergy to safeguard UK energy security

An industry-led report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA), with academic input from the Supergen Bioenergy Hub, has urged ministers to commit to 16% of the UK’s primary energy supply coming from bioenergy by 2032 in order to sustain UK energy security. The report also warns that bioenergy’s contribution must more than double by 2032 in order to meet demand across heat, power and transport in line with net zero. The Bioenergy Strategy provides a pathway for realising UK bioenergy potential and addressing the growing policy gap that threatens the UK’s net zero carbon ambitions. Read the press release

Updated programme available for joint biofuels conference in Gothenburg, 4-6 November

The draft programme for our joint conference ‘Building a sustainable European biofuel industry’ is available online now. Highlights include Robert Andrén, Director General of the Swedish Energy Agency as the opening speaker, and plenary sessions from representatives of the UK Department for Transport, the Norwegian Environment Agency, SHV Energy, Mearsk and more. Download the programme and register now via Eventbrite.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub funding

Upcoming funding call: Supergen Bioenergy Hub Early Stage Career Fellowship

Look out for the launch of our fellowship call in the coming days. Please encourage colleagues to sign up to receive our newsletter, subscribe to the mailing list for our early career SHARE network and to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

News from partners and collaborators

PhD studentship: Towards an aviation fuel through hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass

Applications are invited for a three-year postgraduate studentship funded by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within EBRI, where the Supergen Bioenergy Hub is based, at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental team working on hydrothermal processing of biomass.  

Job opportunities at EBRI, Aston University

There are currently three job opportunities being advertised within EBRI, where the Supergen Bioenergy Hub is based.

Call for ECR bioenergy collaborators

Dr Zoe Harris, NERC Industrial Innovation Research Fellow at Imperial College London, is looking for an early career researcher with expertise in the combustion properties of biomass; more simply, which characteristics we look for in wood that make it a good candidate for energy generation or biofuel. She has some questions about the tests one might do on candidate bioenergy species to test their ‘energy goodness’, with the possibility of writing a grant together to complete some of this work. Please contact Zoe at if you're interested. 

Consultation on electricity distribution price control

Ofgem is currently consulting on its approach to setting the next electricity distribution price control (RIIO-ED2). The consultation is available online and Annex 5 of the consultation document contains a complete list of questions on which responses are sought.

The EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub will be responding to this consultation. If you would like to contribute to their response, please email by 4 October with the question(s) to which you are responding, a short answer to each, and at least one reference that describes the research on which each the answer draws.

Supergen ORE Hub awards £1million to advance research in offshore renewable energy sector

The funding has been awarded to UK researchers to respond to a number of key offshore renewable energy (ORE) engineering challenges and to support project areas that complement existing research, fill gaps or add cross-cutting activities to explore the transfer of research findings between sectors within ORE.

The research being funded in this call ranges from new and novel technologies for autonomously inspecting offshore wind farms to advanced satellite observations to improve the performance of offshore renewable installations. Read the press release.

Standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics: call for evidence

The government is seeking evidence to help them develop standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics, and an understanding of their environmental impacts. Consultation closes: 14 October

Special call for papers for the 6th Central European Biomass Conference, 22-24 January 2020, Graz

Due to the current debate on climate change, the upcoming changes in the energy transition and the enormous amounts of bark beetle infested wood, the conference organisers have decided to initiate a special call for papers restricted to the topics of 100% renewable natural gas and petroleum-free agriculture and forestry. The deadline for the submissions is 30 September.

Call for ideas for potential Strategic Priorities Fund programmes

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is seeking ideas that could form the basis of future bids to the Strategic Priorities Fund.

Events from partners and collaborators

The role of energy in meeting the UK’s net zero greenhouse gas targets, 9 September, University of Leeds

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change, will join the University of Leeds to explore the energy implications of the government’s new target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Register via Eventbrite.

Green Carbon Webinar Series, Thursdays, 3pm CET from 26 September

The Green Carbon project and the UK Biochar Research Centre are organising a webinar series on Thursdays at 3pm CET beginning on 26 September. Each session will feature two 25-minute talks about current research projects in the field of advanced carbon materials. The talks will be followed by a live discussion to give the audience the opportunity to discuss open questions.

Energy from biomass combustion CPD short course, University of Leeds, 14-16 January

This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the status and developments in energy delivery from biomass combustion. The focus will mainly be on biomass for electricity and heat. This course looks at fuel supply options and the emissions and plant performance implications.

IEA workshop: The contribution of advanced renewable transport fuels to the decarbonisation of transport in 2030 and beyond, 18 November, Brussels

The European Commission Directorate General for Energy has been supporting an International Energy Agency (IEA) study on this topic carried out by two IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes, IEA Bioenergy TCP and the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels TCP. This workshop will present the findings of this project focusing on country-specific analysis of Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA and Brazil.

British Science Festival, 10-13 September, Coventry and Warwickshire

The annual festival from the British Science Association will feature a diverse programme of events, including a roundtable on the future of heat on 11 September at the University of Warwick.

European Biotech Week, 23-29 September

Keep up to date with all the events going on as part of the 7th European Biotech Week at various locations across Europe.

Funding from partners and collaborators

CREDS ECR Flexible Fund Call

The CREDS (Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) Early Career Researcher Flexible Fund call is now open.  Please consider applying if you are an early career researcher, (in this case, people active in energy research in the UK who have not previously led a project with funding exceeding £100,000). Please circulate this call widely, as funding is not restricted to existing CREDS topics or institutions. A support webinar will take place on 26 September. Applications close on 17 December.

BBNet Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV)

The first BIV call from the Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) is now open for up to £20,000 for the academic partner and matched funding (in kind or in cash) by the industrial partner. Deadline: 20 September

BBNet sandpit workshop leading to £50,000 proof of concept funding, 9-10 October, York

Registration is now open to attend the Biomass Biorefinery Network’s (BBNet) first sandpit event entitled ‘Bio-based Material:  Challenges and Opportunities’. Register by 13 September

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. Deadline: 23 September

Driving the electric revolution: apply for funding

Businesses can apply for a share of £19million to develop supply chain processes that will help deliver electrification in seven sectors: aerospace, automotive, energy generation and distribution, industrial (production equipment), marine, off highway (construction, agricultural equipment), and rail. Deadline: 25 September

NERC grant to embed engagement

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is creating a new strategy for public engagement with environmental science research. To support this, they are inviting proposals for small projects which will demonstrate how the NERC public engagement with research strategy aligns with activity that the community and institutions are, and plan to be, delivering. Deadline: 30 September

Key technology components for local energy systems

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3million to develop technology components that help improve the efficiency of local energy systems. Deadline: 9 October

APC 14: Developing the UK's low carbon automotive capability

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment. Or that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Preferably projects will deliver both, to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle-makers. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector. Deadline: 16 October

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £25million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. Deadline: 16 October

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