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Enhanced rice straw biogas project secures international development funding

Dr Mirjam Röder of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub has helped to successfully secure funding for the new “Enhanced Rice Straw Biogas” project. The project will focus on optimizing a rice straw to biogas system, whilst improving the livelihoods and socio-economic development of small-scale subsistence farmers in the Philippines. It combines pre-commercial operation of a test facility with academic research, to generate an affordable and robust technical solution for rural communities. Business models have been developed around the mechanisation of straw harvesting, and a range of end products including energy, compost and mushrooms, creating opportunities for new jobs and training.

New research paper: Environmental trade-offs associated with bioenergy from agri-residues in sub-tropical regions

Samira Garcia Freites (University of Manchester), Patricia Thornley and Mirjam Röder (both from Aston University) have published the paper ‘Environmental trade-offs associated with bioenergy from agri-residues in sub-tropical regions: A case study of the Colombian coffee sector’. This paper is part of the Special Issues ‘Development of modern bioenergy approaches in low- and middle-income countries’ guest-edited by Mirjam Röder (Aston University), Alison Mohr (University of Nottingham) and Yan Liu (Michigan State University) of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy. The paper explores the environmental trade-offs associated with deploying gasification of coffee stem bioenergy systems over current coffee residues and energy uses in rural areas in Colombia, and is free to access until 27 August 2020.

New research paper: Soil carbon stock impacts following reversion of Miscanthus × giganteus and short rotation coppice willow commercial plantations into arable cropping

Rebecca Rowe (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) has recently published the paper ‘Soil carbon stock impacts following reversion of Miscanthus × giganteus and short rotation coppice willow commercial plantations into arable cropping’, which is free to access via GCB Bioenergy 'early view'. The paper explores the impact of bioenergy crop removal on soil carbon stocks and discusses the potential underlying mechanisms driving variability in soil carbon stock change, including the age of bioenergy crop at removal, removal methods and differences in the recalcitrant of the crop residues, highlighting the need to design management methods that limit negative outcomes.

Update on SHARE Jiscmail mailing list    

We’re aware that for some people emails from the early career researchers’ SHARE mailing list (SHARE-NETWORK@JISCMAIL.AC.UK) are being sent straight to the junk folder. This may be as a result of the Jiscmail list servers moving to a new data centre, resulting in new IP addresses. If you haven’t been getting recent SHARE emails, you might want to send the information below to your IT department and ask them to ‘whitelist’ this sender.

All messages from Jiscmail mailing lists are now being sent from a different IP address range, these are: 52.156.253.32/28. (Previously this was 212.247.25.0/25.) The mail server name is procyon.ease.lsoft.se

Supergen Bioenergy Hub events

Joint webinar - Supergen Bioenergy Hub and UK Catalysis Hub, 6 Aug 2020, online

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub and UK Catalysis Hub are holding their first joint webinar which is set to explore the role of catalysis in delivering sustainable bioenergy and bioproducts, through efficient biomass conversions. The webinar will run from 10:00am-3:00pm and will comprise of two sessions of presentations from researchers of both Hubs, covering the areas of catalytic conversion technologies, pre-treatment of biomass, through to conversion of carbon dioxide, solar fuel cells and waste valorisation. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the work being conducted by both Hubs and to understand the opportunities for increased collaboration in the future.

Funding and opportunities from Supergen Bioenergy Hub

Supergen UK Bioenergy App – Now in development!

The Supergen UK Bioenergy App is now in development and there are multiple ways you can get involved and contribute to this pilot project, including the formulation of a ‘Bioenergy Encyclopaedia’, interactive graphs, a carbon calculator and a ‘Bioenergy Choices’ process map. We are seeking support in developing these ideas, and more, through a series of online calls centred on particular aspects of the app. Please get in touch with Andrew Welfle (University of Manchester) if you are interested in getting involved or have ideas for additional features and functionality!

Supergen Bioenergy Hub rapid response funding call interim deadline

Our rapid response funding is still available, and applications are being accepted for review on an ongoing basis. Applications can be submitted for projects up to £25,000 in value, and funding is intended to support the UK’s bioenergy research community in responding to industrial and policy challenges that arise during the lifetime of the Hub. There is still time to submit before the next interim deadline on 17 August.

News and updates from our partners

Decarbonising Agriculture survey call for responses

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have launched a survey to understand how engineering and physical sciences research can support the attainment of Net Zero Agriculture for the UK, and are seeking contributions to inform a workshop planned to be held in September and the EPSRC strategy for Net Zero Agriculture. The survey is open until 4 September 2020 at 4:00pm BST.

New publication explores novel regional and landscape-based approaches to govern sustainability of bioenergy and biomaterials supply chains

A new publication from the International Energy Agency Bioenergy explores novel regional and landscape-based approaches to govern sustainability of bioenergy and biomaterials supply chains, based on nine case studies from Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, where landscape governance has been adopted to manage the resources and land uses with the participation of the different stakeholders from government organisations, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

Events from our partners

Accelerating net zero chemical manufacturing webinar series, July-December 2020, online

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has announced a series of webinars over the remainder of the year focusing on accelerating the transition to net zero chemical manufacturing, covering areas such as the syngas economy, biomass valorisation and using waste polymers as feedstock.

Sustainable Waste Management Conference, 15-17 September 2020, online

Registration for the Sustainable Waste Management Conference, being held virtually between 15-17 September, opens on 30 July. Supergen Bioenergy Hub Director, Professor Patricia Thornley, is co-chairing the event and Professor Jason Hallett (Imperial College London) will be presenting. ‘Early Bird’ registration ends on 15 August, where attendees can sign up at a reduced rate.

Business Green’s Net Zero Festival, 30 September - 2 October 2020, online

Paul Polman, co-founder of IMAGINE and former CEO of Unilever will be joining Business Green’s Net Zero Festival as a headline speaker. Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Channel 4 journalist, will be hosting the event and the line-up also includes Chris Stark of the Committee on Climate Change, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Dr Emily Shuckburgh of the University of Cambridge.

Webinar series aimed at improving parliamentary impact of research, Autumn 2020, online

The UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is running a series of webinars over the autumn term which seek to inform researchers on how to engage with the UK Parliament, select committees and parliamentary audiences, to help improve the potential impact and reach of their academic research. The webinars are free to attend and run through October to December 2020.

Funding and opportunities from our partners

Decarbonising Manchester Airport through bioenergy

A funded PhD project is available at the University of Manchester focused on applying bioenergy technologies to waste materials that may provide opportunities to decarbonise Manchester Airport and aviation more broadly.

New fellowships scheme launching soon

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be announcing a new ‘Open Fellowships’ scheme during Autumn 2020 which will enable researchers to design a fellowship to fit their research ideas, their career stage, development needs and leadership aspirations. The scheme will be open for all EPSRC remit areas, including multi-disciplinary work.

Funding innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have launched round eight of the Energy Catalyst funding competition which aims to promote innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia. Applications are now open and the competition closes on 16 September 2020 at 11:00am BST.

EPSRC Decarbonising Transport trough Electrification Network Plus (DTE Network+) first funding call

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded DTE Network+ has announced their first funding call. Applications to the first call for proposals should be submitted by 5pm on 17 August 2020.

Energy from Biomass Combustion Course, 12-14 January 2021

This course is ideal for anyone needing a sound understanding of the fundamentals and practicalities of the basics of solid biomass combustion; dedicated biomass installations; solid biomass for electricity generation; biogas and landfill gas for process heat and power generation and sustainability of biomass supply chains.

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