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

Supergen Bioenergy Hub news and events

Feedback requested for project looking at commercial viability of bioenergy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mirjam Röder from the Supergen Bioenergy Hub is set to lead the academic research component of the second phase of the Bioenergy for Sustainable Local Energy Services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme, following a consortium appointment by The Carbon Trust. 

The BSEAA programme – part of the UK Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme – is targeted at bioenergy entrepreneurs, particularly technology and project developers, as well as investors and policy makers, to examine the commercial viability of bioenergy systems in SSA.

If you’re a developer, investor or policymaker working or looking to work in Sub-Saharan Africa, we want to hear from you.

New PhDs studentships available at Aston University

We are currently advertising five PhD studentships at EBRI, Aston University. Two of the studentships will be part of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and will be supervised by Patricia Thornley with Mirjam Röder, and Mirjam Röder with Katie Chong. Full details can be found via the links below:

Please do share this information with anyone you think may be interested.

Reminder to register for our biofuels conference in Gothenburg, 4-6 November

Registration is open for ‘Building a Sustainable European Biofuel Industry’, a joint conference organised by Supergen Bioenergy Hub (UK), Bio4Fuels (Norway) and Renewable Transportation and Fuels (Sweden), taking place from 4 to 6 November in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub funding

Interim deadline for rapid response funding: 21 August

In order for your rapid response funding application to be considered at the next Core Management Group meeting in September, please ensure that you send it to Emma Wylde at e.wylde@aston.ac.uk by 21 August. Please note that this is an ongoing call and applications can be made until May 2022.

Events from partners and collaborators

EERA SP5 meeting at Aston University, 16 September

Registration is now open for the next meeting of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy Sub-Programme 5 (Sustainability/Techno-Economic Analysis/Public Acceptance). The meeting will take place on 16 September at Aston University, Birmingham. Please register by 31 August.

Places available on free summer school at Aston University, 12-14 August

Places are available for a free summer school on advanced thermochemical conversion biomass technologies, organised by the EU-funded ABC-Salt research consortium. Interested postgraduate students (masters and PhD), postdocs and young professional scientists can apply online

UK Energy Storage Conference - Energy storage and digitalisation, 3-5 September

Newcastle University, supported by the Supergen Energy Networks Hub, the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, Supergen Energy Storage Network+, the Energy Storage Research Network, the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, is hosting the 2019 UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES2019), providing an inclusive platform for stakeholders in all aspects of energy storage to share their findings through oral and poster presentations.

Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) webinar on the sustainability of biofuels for shipping, 12 August

This webinar will give participants the opportunity to discuss whether and how biofuels can contribute to the decarbonisation of the shipping sector, as well as enabling the SSI to share the insights it has gained from its investigation so far.

Upcoming ETIP (European Technology and Innovation Platform) Bioenergy events

12 September, Brussels: Innovation fund workshop with focus on biofuels and bioenergy

19 September, Stockholm: ETIP Bioenergy workshop - ‘Policy and institutional framework for deployment and upscaling of bio-refineries for large scale biofuel production – what is needed to propel the development?’ at the Advanced Biofuel Conference

News from partners and collaborators

Department for Transport's new economic research on reducing shipping emissions

The DfT has published a series of reports on reducing the maritime sector’s contribution to climate change and air pollution. This research has informed the Clean Maritime Plan, which sets out commitments that aim to support the sector as it moves towards the vision set out in Maritime 2050 strategy and the Clean Maritime Plan Ambitions. Final reports can be downloaded using the hyperlinks below.

  • Maritime emission reduction options – report
  • Identification of market failures and other barriers to the commercial deployment of emission reduction options – report
  • Economic opportunities from low and zero emission shipping – report and technical annexes
  • Scenario analysis: take-up of emissions reduction options and their impacts on emissions and costs – report and technical annexes
  • The potential role of targets and economic instruments – report
  • Potential demands on the UK energy system from port and shipping electrification – report

Government consultation on ‘Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS): business models’

The government is seeking views on its emerging findings on potential new business models for carbon capture, usage and storage. This is an opportunity to highlight the importance of bioenergy with CCUS.

EPSRC seeking applicants for strategic advisory bodies

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is welcoming applications for membership of its strategic advisory bodies. Applications are open until 4pm on 23 August and should be made through the online form.

India-UK/EU collaboration opportunity 

Dr Nitai Basak from the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology in India has been working on biological hydrogen production from cheese whey and organic starch waste for 12 years. He is interested in establishing research collaborations for an Indo-UK or Indo-EU joint research proposal on renewable bioenergy. Please contact Dr Basak directly for more information.

IEA Bioenergy News Volume 31(1) - July 2019

The latest newsletter from International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy is available online now.

IEA Bioenergy Task 34 newsletter

Read the latest newsletter from Task 34 (Advancing bioenergy through pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction and solvent liquefaction of biomass) of IEA Bioenergy.

Funding from partners and collaborators

EPSRC-JSPS core-to-core collaboration in advanced functional materials

EPSRC is seeking expressions of interest for participation in the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core programme. The programme is designed to create world-class research hubs in fields considered to be cutting-edge and internationally important in Japan. Areas of collaboration are expected to be predominantly within the remit of EPSRC's Physical Sciences theme, and applications to support collaboration within the Materials for Energy Applications portfolio are particularly encouraged.

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