Supergen Bioenergy Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Eng

Abstract

Bioenergy provides a significant proportion of the UK's low carbon energy supply for heat, transport fuel and electricity. There is scope for bioenergy to provide much higher levels of low carbon energy in future, but this requires appropriate development of key enabling technologies and strategic management to make the best use of the valuable, but finite, biomass resource. It must also be acknowledged that there have been significant concerns raised about the long term sustainability of bioenergy systems, including the wider social and economic impacts of biomass production.

This project will create a Supergen Bioenergy hub for the UK which will bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner. It will do this by taking a "whole systems" approach to bioenergy, so that we focus on the benefits that new technologies can bring within the context of the whole production and utilisation chain. In order to ensure focused research with rapid dissemination and deployment this will be done in close collaboration with industrial partners and other stakeholders, including government agencies. The hub will also take an expressly interdisciplinary approach to bioenergy, ensuring that we address important issues, such as the impacts of land-use change not just as scientific quantification exercises, but taking due account of the social and economic impacts.

The hub will carry out leading edge research to address the engineering challenges associated with bioenergy deployment, with a particular focus on enabling flexible energy vectors. Therefore we will carry out core research to address existing problems, for example increasing scientific understanding of biomass combustion to improve environmental emissions and developing torrefaction (heating the feedstock), which could improve the logistics (and therefore costs) of using biomass. However, we will also work on more strategic, long term options; using academic expertise to help industry resolve the engineering problems experienced to date with some advanced technologies like gasification and assessing the prospects for biomass-derived synthetic natural gas as a low carbon alternative to diminishing natural gas supplies and developing new technologies to produce more sustainable transport fuels from biomass.

The project will progress many different bioenergy options for the UK, which have many different costs and benefits. Therefore we will particularly focus on evaluating the ecological, economic and social aspects of the bioenergy chains being developed. That will allow us to provide appropriate scientific evidence and information to government and other stakeholders to facilitate development of the most sustainable bioenergy systems for the UK.

Planned Impact

The hub will benefit bioenergy plant operators, project developers and technology developers by improving the current scientific understanding and engineering application of thermochemical conversion technologies. This will be facilitated by the close involvement of industrial partners in the project in different capacities and will ultimately allow development of thermochemical conversion technologies with improved technical, environmental and economic performance.

The hub will also benefit industrialists by facilitating closer links with world-leading UK-based research institutes and closer focus on the science and engineering challenges that are most relevant to bioenergy implementation.

The hub will benefit a wide range of other stakeholders, including policy makers, statutory organisations, non-governmental organisations and trade associations. These groups will benefit from access to improved information on the impact of bioenergy systems, which can then be used to formulate policy or strategies.

The hub will ultimately benefit society at large, by facilitating development of more sustainable bioenergy systems, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while minimizing other impacts on sustainability.

Organisations

Publications

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Title A graphic introduction to Bioenergy (Graphic Novel/Comic) 
Description On the 21st of March, we are launching a graphic novel/comic about bioenergy. Within the novel, it covers what bioenergy is, why we should use it, what are people worried about when we talk about bioenergy and how we ensure a future with bioenergy will be sustainable. In the graphic novel, we address a number of questions we often get asked as bioenergy researchers: "Why is it OK to cut down trees?" "Does it compete with food?" "Does it cause pollution?". This is a great time to find common ground with concerns over biomass, and address how we use research and policies to solve the issues. We also look into to future to see how bioenergy could be adopted and become a normal way of life for all of us. We have produced something that can reach to a wide audience, that is both captivating and highly informative. Graphic novels are basically extended infographics, using 'pictures to say 1000 words' and using text to make sure the reader understands what we are showing them. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Our industrial stakeholders and Advisory Board identified public perception as one of the key barriers to the uptake of bioenergy. By producing a graphic novel, we are providing an avenue for the public to engage with bioenergy in an accessible format. We are launching on the 21st of March at The University of Manchester. We have various public engagement activities planned for later in the year. 
 
Description Significant concerns have been raised in recent years that bioenergy systems can actually give rise to significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions when the whole supply chain is taken into account.Overall hub partners have robustly demonstrated the GHG mitigation potential of bioenergy, while drawing attention to a number of key uncertainties and concerns e.g. storage where flexible funding has been deployed and black carbon where further funding applications will be developed.International collaboration and work with government departmetns (DECC) has allowed us to fully ivestigat hte GHG impact of different policy options in the UK and we have provided specialist analysis to commericla companies (via IAA awards) to support choice of sustainable feedstocks use in the UK.

The applied work has enabled comparisons of the influence of different fuel types without it being influenced by the effects of secondary combustion. Measurements have been made of CO, NOx and fine particulates (total, PM2.5 and PM10) during the major phases of combustion, namely flaming and smouldering. Smoke emissions from the different fuels are very dependent on the phase of combustion especially for the total particulate results, where flaming phase emissions are much higher than in the smouldering phase. It has been found that the particulate emission factors for the wood fuels were dependent on the volatile content, whilst the coals followed a different pattern. NOx is linearly dependent on the fuel-N content for all the fuel types, but the relationship for biomass is different from that for coal. CO emissions are very dependent on the combustion phase. Studies of lower-grade biomass, which have been upgraded by washing indicate that this technology may provide a route for expanding the fuel inventory for domestic use, without compromising on emissions. Thus, a clear output from the work is that emissions can be controlled to some extent by fuel choice, or fuel pre-treatment. Fundamental work is aiding our understanding of this, such that sooting propensities of different biomass can be related to their biochemical and inorganic compositions.
This work is being progress with practical measurements of stoves and boilers and we are liasing iwth trade assocations to transfer knowledge gleaned and with Defra to support regulatry positions.

Practical work at Rothamsted Research showed very significant (23%) losses of dry matter (DM) during storage of SRC wood chips. This was beyond what had been expected and was reported at an international conference in Vienna in 2016. Collaboration with Manchester facilitated a further conference and journal paper showing that if existing scientific knowledge is applied bioenergy systems could result in emissions during storage greater than those of a coal system. Work is now complete that has given inisghts into the conditions that will support minimisation of methane and other criticak emissions during storage. This is being communciated with growers's groups.

Gasification tar conversion was investigated by Newcastle in non-thermal plasma reactors, using CO2 as an oxidant. Toluene was used as the first model tar compound. The conversion of toluene was found to be significantly higher when CO2 was present (78%, as compared to 55% with inert gases). This implies that tars can be cracked using CO2, so in principle this process represents both a method for reducing tar production and a use for CO2. Leeds are carrying out in-depth study of this promising potential solution to a very long established problem.

Combustion of biomass dervied gas is very challengine. Chemical kinetic modelling at Lancaster has investigated 63 experimental ignition delay profiles involving H2, CO, CO2, CH4, H2O and blends thereof have been employed for the evaluation and their discrepancies with the model predictions have been systematically investigated. This has shown that at pressures of 10 bar in lean mixtures containing both methane and hydrogen, formation of the greenhouse gas N2O has been predicted. Work is ongoing with large eddy simulation and experimental studies to verify preliminary results.

There are two main routes to pyrolysis liquid upgrading - zeolite cracking and hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of bio-oil. In addition increasing attention is being paid to direct incorporation of bio-oil into refineries, especially into the FCC unit. Zeolite cracking is manufacturing and screening existing, modified and novel catalysts on a microreactor. Work at Aston has established base line metrics for upgrading bio-oil with orthodox precious metal catalysts. Aston has cooperated internationally to successfully incorporate bio-oil into a pilot FCC unit, which is increasingly being favoured by industry as a pathway where conventional refineries can be used to integrate biofuels.

Work in Newcastle has demonstrated the potential of a cold plasma device to reduce particulate emissions from biomass combustion, while work in Leeds has demonstrated the potential of washing as a pre-treatment technology to facilitate use of a wider range of waste wood material within environmental limits.

Work in Leeds on washing of fuels has shown significnat impact on final emission levles. This work has been shared with Defra to inform national air quality strategies.
Exploitation Route A report was previously published by the hub to provide high level policy information on GHG balances. However, some stakeholders e.g. academics, consultants and more technically focused policy makers and practitioners require more technical depth. This is now being addressed with the publication of a book on greenhouse gas balances of bioenergy systems, which will bring together contributions from 19 different authors at 14 different UK institutes to provide a comprehensive and authoritative synthesis of scientific understanding of this very important topic.
Co-operation with industrialists and liaison at events, trade fairs, professional institutes etc. ensures that this work is shared among the professional engineeirng community who are pursuing bioenergy solutions. Defra are using our input to inform their consideration of options for assessing and controlling emissions from small scale combustion devices and we are working with trade organisations such as the Wood Heat Association to provide scientific information on plant performance to underpin design modifications and advice to users to minimise emissions. We are working with DfT to evaluate the high level potential for advanced transport fuels in the UK, with the Committee on Climate Change to provide evidence on the greenhouse gas balances of bioenergy systems for their bioenergy review and with the Renewable Energy Agency to ensure that their new bioenergy strategy is informed by scientific evidence on biomass sustainability and conversion plant performance.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment

URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net
 
Description All of the projects incorporated in this award have been liaising with industrialists who have used the findings to guide procurement practice, develop new pre-treatmetn technologies, trial emission reduction devices, test combustion devices etc.Policy makers have valued the outptus of this work in guiding development of schemes such as the RHI and verifying their environmental credentials. This has been done by liaising and secondment with DECC, but also increasingly with Defra, focused on emissions information. Growers have valued advice on optimizing their supply chains and activities.We have engaged signfiicantly with general public audiences especially via our comic, which has had a wide social media presence. We have worked closely with the UK Department for International Development to provide information on the environmental, social and economic impacts of bioenergy technologies in devleoping countries, informing their design of a new bioenergy programme in sub Saharan Africa. The Supergen Bioenergy hub comic was produced by fine artists and early career researchers using flexible funding. 2 years after project completions this continues to be in regular use by hub partners as an engagement tool particualrly with school children. It has been requested by other academcis across Europe to support their outreach and teaching work as far afield as Uganda and copies have been requested by Brazilian bioenergy institutes. Many suggestions have been made about producing sligth variants with wider cultural diversity, different age group focus etc. We will consider this in the next Supergen Bioenergy hub. Findings from hub research have significantly informed UK energy policy with the PI on this project chairing the advisory board of the Committee on Climate Change's bioenergy review, where many Supergen staff and Supergen findings contributed to the final report conclusions. We continue to engage around this, having participated in a parliamentary breakfast with the chair of the environmental audit committee, ministers, shadow ministers and Lords to give a synthesis overview of sustainability of feedstock (still the key issue!) and UK employment/economic prospects in November 2018. The hub model for bioenergy has been emulated in Norway and Sweden and the PI is connected with both projects in partnership and advisory roles. The hub has worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to develop relationships between the UK and US on sustainable aviation. This has included running a joint meeting in Washington DC and is being actively pursued and reported under the new hub project.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description International development - provision of inromation on bioenergy potential and impacts to DFID
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Liaison with Defra on emissions from biomass - we have provided research outptus to inform Defra staff who are reviewing air quality implicaitons of small scale biomass implementation
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Staff seconded to DECC to provide academic expertise for DECC's bioenergy policy model/calculations
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Department for transport co-fudning on advanaced biofuels
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Transport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2018
 
Description Eco innovation Voucher (2017) for Climate change education initiative
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description GHG removal call (2016) NERC (FABGGR 2016-2020)
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Department NERC Catalyst Grant
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Higher Education Innovation Funding
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 10/2013
 
Description Higher Education Innovation Funding
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 05/2015
 
Description International Development Eco innovation Voucher
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Title ADVENT-ELUM 
Description • Southampton: Ongoing discussion with the UKERC Resource and Vectors theme and ADVENT project regarding use of the BVCM model to understand implications of UK bioenergy strategy for global ecosystem services. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Ongoing 
 
Title Hub website 
Description The hub website provides a portal for all hub activity, events and outputs www.supergen-bioenergy.net 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Better sharing and communication among hte community particularly early career researchers 
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net
 
Description Collaboration with DECC to evaluate the GHG impact of different heat pathways of Bioenergy 
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 6 month Impact Accelerator Account Knowledge Exchange Partnership between researcher at the University of Manchester and DECC. Outcomes include joint internal technical report and paper.
Collaborator Contribution Joint Internal technical report produced
Impact - Internal technical report - Academic paper titled "Generating low-carbon heat from biomass: Life cycle assessment of bioenergy scenarios"
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Stellenbosch University 
Organisation University of Stellenbosch
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution -Co-organised the British Council Workshop -Hosted 2015 and 2016 research exchange -Hosted collaborative workshop with Stellenbosch and the University of Leeds, which took place at the University of Sheffield
Collaborator Contribution -Co-organised the British Council Workshop - 2 different researchers attended a 2015 and 2016 research exchange - Prof Emile Van Zyl, chair of biofuels presented at the collaborative workshop at the University of Sheffield
Impact Fully funded studentship at Stellenbosch jointly supervisied by Thornley at Manchester - joint workshop at the University of Sheffield -British council workshop
Start Year 2015
 
Description Hub expertise used in an impact acceleration project to inform Drax 
Organisation Drax Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Using hub partner expertise to inform industry/policy. - Hub expertise on sustainability assessment was used in an impact acceleration project.
Collaborator Contribution This impact acceleration project was used to inform the procurement strategy of Drax Power (the UK's largest importer of biomass).
Impact - Procurement strategy of Drax Power
Start Year 2016
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Alstom
Department Alstom UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Arigna Biofuels
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Biomass Energy Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Danish Technological Institute
Country Denmark 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Drax Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation E ON
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Future Biogas
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Greenacres Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation IHS Energy
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation North Energy Associates
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Progressive Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Renewable Energy Association (REA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Sembcorp
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Sustainable Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Sutton Grange AD
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation The Co-operative Group Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub 
Organisation Veolia Environmental Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub brings together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the projects within the SUPERGEN hub are linked to industrial partners. The industrial partners offer a number of different things which include: guidance, fuel samples, training and equipment.
Impact Collaboration with the industrial partners has resulted in various outputs/impacts: Engagement and collaboration - presentations at various conferences, Knowledge transfer - consultancy, invited presentations, research visits. etc, New work - secondments.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Research collaboration with Aalto University 
Organisation Aalto University
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosted researcher at three SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub partners sites - Manchester, Bath and Imperial College London. Collaborated with Aalto for joint paper.
Collaborator Contribution Research exchange in the UK, attended various SUPERGEN events and co-wrote journal article..
Impact Joint journal paper
Start Year 2016
 
Description Research collaboration with Helmholtz Institute 
Organisation Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Department Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Hosted two research exchanges at SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub partners Manchester and Bath.
Collaborator Contribution Attending month long research exchange at hub partners
Impact - 2 x Joint conference paper - 2 x Joint journal paper
Start Year 2014
 
Description Research exchange and collaboration with Laval University 
Organisation University of Laval
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A researcher from the University of Manchester visited Laval University in 2016 for a research exchange. As well as various meetings, the researcher also led an afternoon seminar which was well attended by University staff.
Collaborator Contribution Hosted the researcher at Laval University and which involved the IEA Bioenergy forestry task.
Impact The collaboration resulted in a joint workshop at the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (Amsterdam) looking at forest residue sustainability.
Start Year 2016
 
Description FEE biomass event - Berlin 15 Feb 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The hub was invited to take part in FEE biomass event - Berlin 15 Feb 2017. One of our core management team members and PI of a challenge project, Dr Ian Watson attended and presented on behalf of the hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description "Renewable heat - the role of bioenergy" - All Energy, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Event title : Renewable Heat - the role of bioenergy

Event information: Can the UK really deliver a significant proportion of its heat from bioenergy? Is there enough biomass? Will it really help meet greenhouse gas reduction targets? How can air quality impacts be managed? Are policy mechanisms in place to support the transition and what is the practical experience of implementing these systems?

Heat is often regarded as a tough sector to decarbonise. The high flexibility provided by bioenergy in providing multiple low carbon heat generation pathways, means that bioenergy will likely play an increasingly important role in the UK heat sector. This session will allow participants to hear from SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub experts and includes a Q&A session on implementation of sustainable biomass heating systems.

Attendees: All-Energy is the UK's largest renewable energy event. It allows the entire spectrum of the renewables industry to showcase their energy solutions. The free-to-attend annual conference and exhibition brings together the UK's largest group of buyers from the bioenergy, solar, offshore and onshore wind and wave & tidal sectors, as well as those involved in energy storage, transmission and onsite generation. Since its launch in 2001, All-Energy has provided the industry suppliers, experts and thought-leaders from the renewable energy supply chain the opportunity to connect with new customers, increase their sales opportunities and expand business networks in this fast-changing marketplace.

Outcomes: Sparked questions and discussions following the workshop. This increased the amount of footfall to the hub stand as well as to the website following the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/events/all-energy-2016-may-.htm
 
Description A graphic introduction to bioenergy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The press release can be found below, the intended audience are press outlets both locally and nationally. This is to highlight the launch of our graphic novel on the 21st of March in Manchester.

"Bioenergy gets graphic with new illustrated guide to the subject"

A new graphic novel which addresses the big questions around bioenergy and climate change is being launched by The University of Manchester ahead of a major conference this week.

In a unique collaboration between artists and researchers working at the cutting-edge of bioenergy, the graphic novel aims to answer some of the big questions such as what is bioenergy, does growing biofuel compete with growing food, and does bioenergy really reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

It is aimed at a general audience: a handy and accessible guide for the bioenergy industry and policymakers to use in promoting the benefits and addressing some of the controversies around the subject, but also accessible for school-children.

Prof. Patricia Thornley, director of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub and professor of sustainable energy systems a at the University of Manchester said: "Bioenergy has the potential to be an important part of the fight against climate change. It can come from a large number of sources - farming by-products, crops, sewage or even algae grown in the sea - and offers many benefits that other renewable sources of energy do not.

"However it can also be controversial, with people concerned about the impact on farmland for example. This graphic novel helps to explain how the work in the hub is tackling these issues. Publishing it in this engaging format helps us present a lot of information in a way that is much more accessible to people without the time or inclination to read dense reports."

Bioenergy: A Graphic Introduction was put together by northern artists, who have interpreted discussions with scientists from the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub in a series of striking images which imagine alternative futures and explain some of the technology involved and how it might be put into practice.

The graphic novel will be launched on Tuesday 21 of March at The University of Manchester, ahead of a two-day conference where the latest technologies and policy ideas will be presented to an international audience.

Keynote speakers at International Bioenergy Conference 2017 include Catherine Bremner, Head of Science - Energy and Climate Change at the UK Government Department for BEIS; Neil Harrison, Director of the re:heat wood energy company, and leading researchers from the UK, France, Canada and beyond.

There will be sessions on a variety of aspects of bioenergy including aviation fuel, policy and carbon emissions.

Dr Laura O'Keefe, the SUPERGEN project manager added: "Bioenergy is not the only energy source we'll be using in the future, nor is it one without impact. However, technology being developed right now in centres around the world is making this form of power generation much better able to replace the polluting fossil fuels that we need to stop using as soon as possible."

The graphic novel is funded by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/comic/
 
Description ADBA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Hub: Hub attendance at Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association Annual Conference provided a forum for engaging with industry, disseminating research results on LCA and wider issues around AD and developing relationships with developers who subsequently participated in hub workshops and provided real data input into projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ALL Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • The Hub (jointly with The University of Manchester) distributed academic papers, summaries of academic outputs, hub reports and newsletters at All Energy, the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference attended by over 8,250 people from more than 50 countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Adapting to energy crops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Rothamted Research: Presented on harvesting techniques at the AEBIOM meeting in Brussels on "Adapting to energy crops".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Arigna biofuels 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Leeds and Manchester are working closely with Arigna Fuels concerning lowering emissions from domestic biomass by fuel modification. This has provided comparative emission data to inform them in the development of their smokeless products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Bath technical support 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact . Bath is working with bioenergy start-up companies, supporting their limited technical capacity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Bioenergy: an engine for economic growth in the gloabl south - ? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact a significant meeting in London that brought together over 80 bioenergy and development scientists to exchange knowledge and work together towards sustainable bioenergy for development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/events/past-events/bioenergy-an-engine-for-economic-growth-in-the-...
 
Description Bioenergy: just how sustainable is it? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A hub event with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2014 effectively transferred academic knowledge on the sustainability of bioenergy to around 50 industrialists, consultants and regulators, with overwhelmingly positive event feedback. This empowered consultants, industrialists, regulators and others who attended to adapt their commercial operations accordingly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Blog on emissions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog on emissions form biomass combustion led to several requests for research outptus form Defra, DECC, trade assocations (Stoves Industry Assocation, HETAS, Biomass UK) etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description British Council workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact running a successful British Council workshop in South Africa, publication of a sub Saharan Africa and publishing a follow-up report with follow-up with DFID and the FCO, which has helped inform a current DFID call for bioenergy in sub Saharan Africa
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CARBO biocrop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Southampton: Talk to stakeholders of the CARBO-biocrop project including representative from CCC, ETI titled "Mapping GHGs and a basket of ecosystem services on and offshore"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CPD course on biomass combustion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A professional devleopment course that transfers the latest knowledge in bioenergy to industiralists, regulators and commericial players. Several attendees requested more details information on specific research outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Chatham House 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Manchester provided expert review of report and input into workshop as part of Chatham House report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Rothamsted Research: Meeting with Wuhan Kaidi Research Institute of Engineering & Technology, China to discuss use of UK (Rothamsted) willows in for wood fuelled power stations in Northern China. Many aspects, including exchanging genetic material and selecting material for the harsh climate of N China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description DECC review work 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Manchester reviewed bioenergy sustainability work commissioend by hte UK's DECC prior to publication
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Southampton: Met with Environment Agency's research expert on climate change and discussed ongoing work and areas for collaboration around the energy and environment theme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ETI ELUM 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Manchester & Southampton: Contributions at ETI ELUM workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ETI Taylor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Southampton: Taylor, G. contributed to ETI Strategic Advisory Group meeting for bioenergy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EUBCE 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Hub: The hub stand distributed over 300 papers to interested parties at the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition with follow up conversations on supply chain sustainability and bio-ccs that have facilitated development of new proposals, forthcoming events and subsequent attendance of European academics and consultants at hub meetings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017
 
Description Emissions conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • 1st International Biomass Emissions Conference was jointly organised with the hub and Energy Leeds. 62 delegates attended - national and international industry, consultants, charities. Strong focus on domestic bioenergy impacts on air quality, and surrounding RHI emission limits. A report is planned for wider dissemination (especially for policy makers), summarising the event and the major findings, pointing to a need for tighter emission controls at small scale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Engagement with RCUK funded fellows 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact workshops / Engagement with Guo and Whittaker, NERC and EPSRC funded fellows .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Engineering a better world 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Supporting young engineers as a mentor during this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description FCO Bioenergy event in Helskini 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub collaborated with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Helsinki who develop a joint event which focused on the networking and knowledge exchange. Industrialist from both the UK and Finland attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Fuel processing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Leeds are also working with hub partner Veolia on innovative fuel processing technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Gasification workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Glasgow: The gasification workshop and conference was attended by over 50 people from industry and academia with the keynote lecture delivered by Professor K. Yoshikawa from the Tokyo Institute of Technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Horschig 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Manchester: Visiting early career researcher Thomas Horschig from Helmholtz Institute, Leipzig. Applying an economic model previously used in Germany to the UK bioenergy market to examine the role and cost effectiveness of policy incentives in the 2 countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description IChemE presenation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation on status of bioenergy technologies to ICheme low carbon summit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description International Advisory Board Member for Norwegian Bio4Fuels Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact International Advisory Board Member for Norwegian Bio4Fuels Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International Clean Air Conference (July, Thornley, Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Keynote on biomass combustion emissions at International Clean Air Conference (July, Thornley, Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International development workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop on international devleopment and bioeneryg to transfer knowledge from resarchers to NGO's, chariteis, policy makers etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited presentation at Low Carbon Energy for Development network (Manchester, UCL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation at Low Carbon Energy for Development network (Manchester, UCL)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited presentation: Sitjes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation at international conference in Sitjes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Parallel event at EU BC&E - Can bioenergy pay back carbon debt in time? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub successfully hosted a parallel event attended by scientists, decision makers and stakeholders at the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg on Tuesday 24th of June.The event started with an introductory presentation from SUPERGEN bioenergy hub director Patricia Thornley, before expert presentations from Uwe Fritsche (IINAS, Germany), Alessandro Agostini (European Commission, Netherlands), Gerfried Jungmeier (Joanneum Research, Austria) and Carlo Hamelinck (Ecofys). There followed a lively panel discussion that covered the importance of integrating food and fuel applications in overall land use systems, the relevant life cycle comparators and the importance of looking at the whole forest system.

Lively discussions during the parallel session. Greater interest in the hub and for future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/news-and-events/report-on-eubce-side-event---can-bioenergy-pay-bac...
 
Description Penton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • Manchester: Lecture to Penton Discussion Group (agriculture/farming group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presence at major conferences (inc. EU BC&E, PYRO 2014, International Bioenergy Conference) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub has had a stand at major international and national conferences where we distributed information on hub projects and published papers.

The stand was visited by academics, those in industry and policy makers. We were able to disseminate our research to a wide range of people. As well as more people finding out about the hub, we managed to increase the number of people on our mailing list to ensure the communication channels were kept active.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
 
Description Presentation at an industrial gasification meeting in Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Invited by British Council to present at an industrial gasification meeting in Berlin (Feb 2017, Watson, Glasgow)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentations and chairing sessions at ADBA conference, July 2017 (Manchester, Bath) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations and chairing sessions at ADBA conference, July 2017 (Manchester, Bath)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Publication of a Bioenergy Comic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Bioenergy comic, a practical highlight produced in early 2017 in both print and electronic versions, has been used throughout 2017 and 2018, to engage with a wide variety of audiences and this is building our social media presence. Specific events it has been disseminated at are resulting in higher media profile e.g. Southampton presence at Countryfile live in August; Big Bang North West, Cumbria Schools Infinity Festival in October; hub director interview with a BBC Wales TV producer for a documentary to be aired before Christmas and Manchester interview with a Thai television producer for a documentary on world sustainability issues.
The comic book designed primarily for public engagement has actually been extremely useful in drawing a wide range of non-traditional users to our exhibition stand at various events, and its accessibility has allowed us to have new conversations with groups such as the waste management industry, farming communities, chemical and car industries, stove and boiler manufacturers trade associations, educational groups and local government bodies. The SuperGEN Bioenergy Comic team has engaged with the University of Southampton Circular Bioeconomy Outreach Project and the BBSRC NIBB AD Network to run a joint Roadshow at public facing events in the UK. Activities are focused around a set of hands on experiments relating to the bioeconomy, with participants all receiving a copy of the Bioenergy Comic. So far early career researchers from SuperGEN bioenergy have taken part in joint activities at the Cheltenham Science Festival (approx 500 participants) and Countryfile Live (in excess of 700 participants), Infiinity Festival Cumbria (240 school students) in addition to the independent outreach activities relating to the comic. We are exploring ways for continued cooperation for outreach in 2018. Our early career researchers have devised and executed a twitter campaign around our comic book, which has been praised by a number of commercial companies and trade associations as an important breakthrough in this sector. We have also used institutional media platforms to accentuate hub efforts, with blogs from Manchester Policy, tweets from University of Southampton, written pieces in "The Conversation" (Bath), radio dialogue (Aston and Rothamsted). In addition Leeds researchers have engaged with the wider public via a public lecture/debate at Café Scientifique in Chapel Allerton in April and 5 hub speakers debated with an audience of 70 whether the UK should expand its bioenergy activity at a public engagement event in Belfast in October.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/comic
 
Description Radio Verulam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • RRes: Interview on Radio Verulam (St Albans local radio) environment programme, Bio-energy. Informing the general public of the benefits of bio-energy whilst acknowledging the potential problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SHARE Network - SUPERGEN Early Career Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub early career researcher network - or SHARE - meet a few times a year. They organise meetings and events to share information, have training, hear an expert presentation or visit a facility.

Increased communication between early career bioenergy researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description SHARE Network Bath 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact • SHARE network: Had an event at the University of Bath where they ran a mock sandpit activity, before taking a tour of miscanthus plots, boiler system and solar park.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The assembly was attended by over 100 people with 20 presentations from various researchers (both internal SUPERGEN, external and also industrial). The presentations covered modelling every square-km of the UK in an integrated whole systems optimisation model, developing plasma devices to screen flue gases, applying sewage sludge to short rotation coppice, integrating pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion and many more varied and interesting projects. There was also the opportunity to find out about other projects taking place in the UK (Rokwood, MAGLUE, BIO-CAP).

Greater interest in the hub.
Improved relationships between bioenergy community.
Potential research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/news-and-events/supergen-bioenergy-hub-annual-assembly-2014---time...
 
Description SUPERGEN Newsletter and Mailing List 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The SUPERGEN newsletter is send quarterly and gives readers an update on what has been happening over the past 3 months.

Increased visits to the website.
More followers on twitter.
More interest in the hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SUPERGEN SHARE sandpit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub ran a sandpit activity for the early career bioenergy researchers. This resulted in one project being funded for 50k. The results of this project are being presented at the International Bioenergy Conference in March 2017 (Manchester).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sugar cane workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop to engage global sugar players in sustainablle produciton and bioenergy potential
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Transition Towns 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • Rothamsted Research - Presentation to Transition Town St Albans on Bio-energy. (Jan 2015). Explaining the role of bio-energy in transitioning towards more sustainable urban areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description UK Nordic bioenergy forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The hub is working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to develop innovation between the UK and the Nordic region around waste and biomass thermochemical conversion, with an industrial networking event planned for March 2015 in Norway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description WWF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with and provision of reports and information on GHG balances of bioenergy systems to WWF to support development of their strategic position
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Willow supply chains 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Rothamsted Research: Agri-Tech East Waste to Energy Special Interest Group. Cambridge. "The short rotation coppice willow crop" Generally informing the group (made up of industrial and academic parties from the East of England) about how the SRC willow crop works and what may be done with it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wilmslow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • Manchester: Lecture to Wilmslow guild adult education group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wilson Steam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Leeds: Discussions with Wilson Steam regarding valorising waste biomass which led to innovate UK project which begins in November 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wood chip storage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • RRes: Visiting researcher Ralf Pecenka (Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam) who expertise is wood chip storage experiments. Identified as a crucial contact in applying for Flexible Funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wood heat association presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to wood heat association on emission formation, sharing lates hub knowledge to infrom their practice adn future design devleopment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Working with Aalto University and UK FCO on bioenergy policy and innovation (Welfle, Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Working with Aalto University and UK FCO on bioenergy policy and innovation (Welfle, Manchester)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Working with: r3 Environmental Technology Ltd., CL:AIRE, Alzure Environmental Services Ltd. (Cranfield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Working with: r3 Environmental Technology Ltd., CL:AIRE, Alzure Environmental
Services Ltd. (Cranfield)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop on governance aspects of landscape management 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in workshop on governance aspects of landscape management for food, bioenergy and bioeconomy (Rothamstead Research / Gothenburg)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Workshop with British Embassy and European stakeholders on communicating on bioenergy (June, Manchester, UCL, Imperial, Lancaster, Stockholm) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop with British Embassy and European stakeholders on communicating on bioenergy (June, Manchester, UCL, Imperial, Lancaster, Stockholm)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Yorkshire Water 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Leeds: Discussion with Yorkshire Water regarding gasification of challenging fuels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description • Discussions at world energy expo in Kazakhstan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Discussions at world energy expo in Kazakhstan (July, Thornley, Manchester)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description • UK representative on steering group of European technology innovation platform on bioenergy, speaking at events and attending meetings to input to EC SET Plan (Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK representative on steering group of European technology innovation platform on bioenergy, speaking at events and attending meetings to input to EC SET Plan (Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description • Working with Canadian Energy Research Institute, University of Toronto and University of Calgary to explore energy pathways, including vehicle fuels (Bath) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Working with Canadian Energy Research Institute, University of Toronto and University of Calgary to explore energy pathways, including vehicle fuels (Bath)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017