Liquid Fuel and bioEnergy Supply from CO2 Reduction

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

The current fuel production and related industries are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. BP's "Statistical Review of World Energy" published in 2014 states that the world has in reserves 892 billion tonnes of coal, 186 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 1688 billion barrels of crude oil. Although these represent huge reserves, taking into account today's level of extraction, would mean that coal would be exhausted in 113 years and natural gas and crude oil would be extracted by 2069 and 2067, respectively. In the meanwhile, the CO2 atmospheric concentration has increased from 270 ppm before the industrial revolution to 400 ppm today and its annual release is predicted to exceed 40GT/year by 2030. As the world population increases, breakthrough technologies tackling both fuel supply and carbon emission challenges are needed. The use of CO2 from, or captured in industrial processes, as a direct feedstock for chemical fuel production, are crucial for reducing green house gas emission and for sustainable fuel production with the existing resources.
The aim of this project is to develop a breakthrough technology with integrated low cost bio-electrochemical processes to convert CO2 into liquid fuels for transportations, energy storage, heating and other applications. CO2 is firstly electrochemically reduced to formate with the electric energy from biomass and various wastes and other renewable sources by Bioelectrochemical systems (BES). The product then goes through a biotransformation SimCell reactor with microorganisms (Ralstonia) specialised in converting formate to medium chain alkanes using a Synthetic biology approach. The proposed technology will develop around the existing wastewater treatment facilities from for example, petroleum refineries and water industries, utilising the carbon source in wastewater, thus minimising the requirement to transport materials and use additional land. To tackle the grand challenges, a multidisciplinary team of five universities will work together to develop this groundbreaking technology.
Our research targets two specific aspects on renewable low carbon fuel generation: 1) Use of biomass and wastewater as a source of energy and reducing power to synthesise chemicals from CO2. 2) Interface electrochemical and biological processes to achieve chemical energy-to-fuels transformation.
To achieve the goal of this project, there are three major research challenges we need to tackle:
1. How to maximise the power output and energy from wastewater with Bioelectrochemical systems?
2. How to achieve CO2 conversion to medium chain alkanes through reduction to formate in Microbial electrolysis cells, and then SimCells?
3. Can we develop a viable, integrated, efficient and economic system combining bio-electrochemical and biological processes for sustainable liquid fuel production?

To tackle these challenges, we need to maximise energy output from wastewater by using novel 3-D materials, to apply highly active electrochemical catalysts for CO2 reduction, to improve efficiency of SimCell reactor, and to integrate both processes and design a new system to convert CO2 to medium chain alkanes with high efficiency. In this study, rigorous LCA will be carried out to identify the optimum pathways for liquid biofuel production. We will also look at the policies on low carbon fuel production and explore the ways to influence low carbon fuel policies. Through the development of this innovative technology, we will bring positive impact on the UK's target for reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy.

Planned Impact

Environmental
The main impact will be a technology to produce carbon based fuels in a potentially sustainable way based on extracting energy from biomass and waste using bio-electrosynthesis based process routes.
A major impact will be to tackle the burden of CO2 emissions (nationally and eventually internationally) and transferring the energy in waste to produce useful liquid fuels, from CO2, without petrochemicals.
The integrated bio-electrosynthesis process to produce alkanes from CO2 as either fuels, chemical feedstock or energy storage medium is seen as a major way of redressing the balance between petroleum and natural gas consumption and carbon emissions. By using carbon dioxide as the basic building block for chemical synthesis and supplying energy for it conversion from substantially waste and renewable sources, this will have a major impact on achieving the goal of sustainable low fuel production. Scaled-up devices will have considerable potential for generating fuels from CO2 and through waste treatment at significant capacities.
Commercialisation potential tackling real world problem, close to the CO2 generating source and using existing wastewater treatment infrastructure are important factors which minimise investment and require no additional land. This innovative technology has a positive impact on the UK's target for reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy.


Social Economic
The proposed technology and liquid fuels produced will have extensive applications, and relate to different industrial sectors. Apart from our industrial partners from different industrial sectors, the industrial sectors will be benefit/interested in the proposed technology on low carbon fuel production from CO2 and use the energy from waste including: Oil and Gas companies, who already started on generating low carbon energy, such as BP; Transportation equipment manufacturing industries Car, aviation and ship, rail and other equipment manufacturers, who have produced vehicles and airplanes running on biofuels, and Public Transportation providers who already use biofuels.
The proposed integrated system will have wide applications particularly to industries producing wastewater with high organic contents, such as petroleum refinery, pharmaceutical, chemical production, breweries, agriculture and the paper and pulp industry as well as food and drinks. The technologies that will be developed in the project will permit them to recover value from their waste products, turning waste to high energy source.

More immediately the research will have impact on our industrial collaborators who will be involved in developing new materials and processes as a result of their collaboration with the academic researchers in this project ( e.g. NewCell, Haydale, MagnetoChemie, WH Partnership). These and other organizations will be involved from the outset in identifying research needs and planning a project that will meet them.

The societal significance of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and geological resources is immense and this will clearly impact environmental regulators, policy makers and politicians.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Current findings are in two areas:
1. Application of Raman Spectroscopy on Bacterial techniques and applications:
A single-cell-level biochemical fingerprinting approach named "ramanome" was developed, which is the collection of Single-cell Raman Spectra (SCRS) from a number of cells randomly selected from an isogenic population at a given time and condition, to rapidly and quantitatively detect and characterize stress responses of cellular population. Ramanome enables rapid prediction and mechanism-based screening of cytotoxicity and stress-response programs at single-cell resolution.
Surface enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) was employed to study heavy metal arsenic [As(V)]-mediated antibiotic resistance in a robust, sensitive, and rapid fashion. It provides the advantages of no need to cultivate bacteria and single-cell sensitivity, and can be further exploited to evaluate resistance-intervening factors in real microbiota.
2. Bioelectrochemical systems:
A microbial fuel cell (MFC) was developed for treatment of from food processing washdown wastewaters. Maximum power point tracking control strategy resulted in 70% COD removal, and Significant cost savings of 0.466 £UK m-3 treated were achieved.
A new method of a gain scheduling control strategy to control microbial fuel cell voltage has been developed, which will enhance the MFC performance and stability.
Exploitation Route SERS enables rapid prediction and mechanism-based screening of cytotoxicity and stress-response programs at single-cell resolution, which provide a novel technique for microbiological and bacterial analysis.

MFCs with enhanced performance and stability provide an alternative cost-saving way for organic containing wastewater treatment, and harvesting energy from wastewater. It is a part of the integrated Bioelectrochemical systems to be developed by this project.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Education,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369703X16302923
 
Description A press release was published through Newcastle University website providing the overview of this project to public and increase the awareness of the research, as well as the challenges from energy, resource recovery, and climate change. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2016/08/fuelfromco2/ A webinar from Sustainable aviation fuels special interest group from KTN introduce the research and project to the public, and update the research progress and findings.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Education
Impact Types Societal

 
Description A review of Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation Order
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Consulation on CCU technologies for European Commission
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Learnings from this workshop/advisory group fed into the rest of the project, which ultimately feds into the determination of eligibility criteria for the Innovation Fund for CCUS projects in the EU
 
Description Royal society Synthetic fuel workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Training Oxford Synbio DTC students
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description BBSRC Super Follow on Funding application
Amount £471,037 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R005613/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description EPSRC CDT
Amount £5,184,306 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2026
 
Description Impact Accelerate Award Phase 2: Design of an integrated waste management system for the whisky distilling industry
Amount £24,107 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Mathematical analysis of bioelectrochemical systems (BES)
Amount £365,631 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/R013306/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description NBIC 1st Proof of Concept Call
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Southampton 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 07/2019
 
Description Reduced Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE)
Amount £1,800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Wales 
Department Welsh European Funding Office
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description UK- Long-term field trial of BioElectrochemical System Sensor (BES Sensor) for monitoring of Water Quality in real-time'
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/R009473/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Title Model - Impact of flowrate and temperature on MFCs power output. 
Description Model developed by University of South Wales led by Prof. G. Premier. Modelling of MFC proceeded successfully on 2D axisymmetric (i.e. 3D) discretised model. The model is able to show the influence of flowrate and temperature on power output from MFC. Polarisation curve can also be obtained at these parameters. The model still to be optimised to show the direct correlation to the experimental data. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact After being optimized and correlated to the experimental data, this model will help enhancing the power output delivered by Microbial Fuel Cells and it could be directly used as a tool in Work package 1 of the project. 
 
Description Collaboration established with Chivas Brothers 
Organisation Chivas Brothers ltd.
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution No real contribution to be reported yet as recently established collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution No real contribution to be reported yet as recently established collaboration.
Impact Interest shown in the conversion of CO2 wastes into valuable chemicals. No real contribution to be reported yet as recently established collaboration.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration established with Wilson Bio-chemical 
Organisation Wilson Bio-Chemical Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration officialised in January 2017 after meeting Peter Metcalfe from Wilson Bio-chemical during the RRfWW annual meeting in Leeds (01-02/12/2016)
Collaborator Contribution So far, interest shown in the project regarding the treatment and reutilisation of CO2 waste.
Impact No relevant outcome to be listed so far.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Converting CO2 into CO by BES 
Organisation Kobelco Eco-Solutions
PI Contribution Systems with an abiotic cathode with e.g. indium/copper catalysts will be used for production of CO from CO2. We have been able to achieve faradaic efficiencies of >90%.
Collaborator Contribution We have been working with KOBELCO who have developed reactors that represent a modular system whereby scale up is achieved by incorporating multiple modules, also some have used a cassette-like format which again represents a modular approach.
Impact Still working to generate outputs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description KESS 2 Studentship on Zinc in Steelmaking 
Organisation Tata Steel Europe
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution EU ESF Convergence/WG funding has been made available in the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 to support industrially based PhD projects. USW has provided the academic lead, proposing the project and will register the student (in recruitment). The work will in part be conducted at the USW SERC laboratories and the USW will contribute the shortfall on full economic costs.
Collaborator Contribution Tata Steel will host the student at the Port Talbot works for part of their activities and particularly in the earlier stages of the projects, providing the industrial context, access to facilities and data and providing analysis facilities to undertake assays on process stream samples. Tata will also provide direct monetary support and industrial supervision.
Impact Funding has been granted under the KESS 2 scheme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Synthesis of syngas from electrochemical reduction of CO2 
Organisation Advanced Plasma Power Ltd
PI Contribution We are providing our expertise in synthesis of electrofuels from CO2 to APP.
Collaborator Contribution APP is providing their waste CO2 from biomass for production of electrochemically synthesized syngas
Impact The collaboration is still in its initial stage and we are working towards achieving the outcomes
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting Prof. form MASDAR Inst. UAE - Jorge Rodrigues 
Organisation Masdar Institute
Country United Arab Emirates 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Visiting Prof to USW, Jorge Rodriguez has submitted a funding application to the British Council with the support of Prof G C Premier
Collaborator Contribution Negotiations are ongoing for MASDAR to host a PDRA at MASDAR to investigate the integration of two models, one from USW and one from MASDAR, related to bioelectrochemical systems.
Impact British Council Links application on BES submitted.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Global Sustainability and Engineering analysis of Resource recovery Technologies 
Description The software developed, Global Sustainability and Engineering analysis of Resource recovery Technologies (GSERT) at Surrey, applies life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) alongside techno-economic and policy analyses for design and decision making of bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for resource recovery from wastewaters (RRfW), e.g. COD removal thereby wastewater treatment in anode and functional nanomaterial, metal, mineral, salt, etc. recovery and carbon dioxide reuse in added value chemical in cathode. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact GSERT now includes social life cycle assessment (SLCA) of RRfW systems. GSERT in the current state of the art also includes life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methods for environmental feasibility assessment. 1. ILCD 2. CML method 3. USA Traci 4. Impact 2002+ 5. Eco-Indicator 99 GSERT also carries out life cycle costing for aconomic feasibility assessment. The sustainability metrics included "go beyond carbon to understand waste as a resource from the perspective of ecological rather than carbon outcomes". These are: savings in primary resources (fossils, land, water and abiotic), global warming, ozone depletion, acidification, urban smog, eutrophication, aquatic and terrestric ecotoxicity; and human health related impacts: human toxicity cancerous and non-cancerous, asthma, etc., potentials. Social country and sector specific indicators fall under human rights, working conditions, community impacts and governance categories. Our vision is to give an informed holistic decision on RRfW using the software, and have a global outreach via its web-based application. The software also explores country specific policy analysis for RRfW systems, including examples from other countries. GSERT has generated licensing interests amongst leading industries in the area of BES. Licensing will be pursued in collaboration with industries. 
URL http://www.theibest.org/Life%20Cycle%20Sustainability%20Assessment%20(LCSA)%20-%20end%20of%20project...
 
Title Improved technique for Volatile Fatty Acids measurement, 
Description South wales University team, led by Prof. G. Premier, are developing an approach to the measurement of volatile acids based on an electrophoresis with amperometric detection system. The expected detection limits and linearity of the technique, as well as its ability to separate volatile acids is very promising and the aim is to employ the method in the control of the bioelectrochemical process developed in the project . 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The optimization of this technique could be directly used to accurately quantify the volatile fatty acids produced from the reduction of CO2 by the Bioelectrochemical System developed in the project. Two publications are under review regarding this method of detection. 
 
Title TESARREC™ (Tool for techno-economic and sustainability analysis of resource recovery technologies for Circular economy) 
Description TESARREC™ (Tool for techno-economic and sustainability analysis of resource recovery technologies for Circular economy) supported by the numerous UKRI grants, NERC: NE/L014246/1, EPSRC: EP/N009746/1, NERC: NE/R013306/1, and NERC: "Life Cycle Sustainability and Policy Analyses of Plausible Systems for Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW)" evaluates sustainability of BES using environmental: LCA, economic: LCC and social: SLCA criteria, in accordance with the ISO 14040, 14041, 14044 and 26000 methodologies. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact TESARREC™ UK Trademark: UK00003321198 includes Goods and Services under the Class: 9, 40 and 42. A few of this exhaustive list include: Computer software for use in evaluating the economic, environmental, social and policy implications of organic compounds productions from waste; Computer software for use in accessing datasets of metal and organic pollutant concentrations in residential, municipal and industrial wastewater streams; Computer software for use in optimising the operational, economic and environmental performances of biorefinery processes and resource recovery technologies. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR1HmiJOuH4&feature=youtu.be
 
Description 233rd Electrochemical Society MEETING (Seattle, WA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The research work from LifesCO2R will be presented at ECS biannual meeting. This will provide a forum for sharing our latest scientific and technical developments in electrochemical reduction of CO2 to electrofuels. Through this presentation, scientists, engineers and industry leaders coming from around the world will be engaged through networking opportunities and social/technical events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 69th Annual ISE Meeting, Bologna, Italy, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting will be held from 2 to 7 September 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 6th UK Solar Fuels Symposium University of York, 19-20 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This presentation will provide an opportunity to engage with Solar Fuels Network (SFN). This SFN activity will provide support for public engagement and outreach activities that raise the profile of solar fuels/artificial photosynthesis research which is highly relevant to the LifesCO2R project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ACI conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk given at the ACI conference on CCU, LCA and TEA and how environmental and economic benefits can be assessed. Industry reported after that the methodologies presented were of great interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CCU technologies DG Clima consultation 
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 Participant in a consultation on the direction and results of CCU project for DG Clima. Results of this project feed into the development of CCU policy at European Commission and into the Innovation fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CCUS Mission innovation follow up meeting 
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 group meeting to discuss the outcomes of the Mission Innovation report and the major barriers to CCUS in the UK at the UKCCSRC annual conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Carbon Capture Journal Conference, CO2 Utilisation Conference, London, 11/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Carbon Capture Journal CO2 Utilisation Conference, London, Nov 2016, KA. Invited talk by Katy Armstrong (University of Sheffield) on policy for CO2 Utilization.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EU ISMET 2016 Rome - Bioelectrochemical system control 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on work related to control of bioelectrochemical systems as part of a specialized bioelectrochmical system/ microbial electrochemical technology meeting arranged by the ISMET organisation.
Boghani, H. C., Michie, I., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2016) Control of microbial fuel cell voltage using a gain scheduling control strategy, In 3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology EU-ISMET 2016 Rome.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://rotarulab.com/2016/10/eu-ismet/
 
Description EU-ISMET 2018 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation given by Paniz Izadi on "Effects of the poised potential on Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) for conversion of CO2 to acetate"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EU-ISMET 2018 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation given by Dr. Iain Michie entitled "Dynamic modelling of tubular BES to investigate the influence operating parameters and reactor design on system performance.
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EU-ISMET Rome 2016 - VFA sensing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on work related to the measurement of VFAs in bioprocesses as part of a specialized bioelectrochmical system/ microbial electrochemical technology meeting arranged by the ISMET organisation.
Kaur, A., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2016) Towards Microbial Fuel Cell Based Volatile Fatty Acid by Applying Specific Poised Potentials In 3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology EU-ISMET 2016 Rome.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://rotarulab.com/2016/10/eu-ismet/
 
Description FLEXIS Young Researchers' Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FLEXIS Young Researchers' Conference on low carbon technologies, 13th July 2018 at the Aberavon Beach Hotel, Port Talbot
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ICCDU, Sheffield, 11-15/09/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilisation 2016, Sheffield, 11-15/09/2016
Keynote presentation presented by Peter Styring (University of Sheffield)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://iccdu2016.org.uk/
 
Description Innovate UK First Friday Research Highlight: webinar on 4th May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A webinar disseminating our research on converting CO2 to fuels and chemicals using combined chemical and biological processes. This is a part of Innovate UK Research highlight webinar series to showcase research achievement and capability of UK research community. Therefore bridge the academia and industrial communities, and create opportunities for both communities to work together to tackle the grant challenges UK is facing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://innovateuk.webex.com/join/poonam.phull
 
Description Intergovermental Ministerial Summit abnd Workshop on Acclerating CCUS 
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 Invited talks ans panel membership. Active participant in debates. Attended by Rt Hon Claire Perry MP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Conference of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on policy aspects relating to advanced biofuels, RFNFBOs and the LifesCO2R project at the ICCDU 2018 to academics, industrialists and students. Discussion held after presentation and delegates reported that the presentation highlighted specific issues that were previously unknown or little discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2018
 
Description Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018 
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 Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018 in Birmingham, 10-13 April.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mission Innovation workshop on Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Peter Styring and Katy Armstrong were invited to represent the UK at the CCUS workshop in Houston in late September 2017 to provide input for Priority Research Directions for CO2 utilisation. PS lead a panel on Thermochemical Conversion and Hydrogenation of CO2. KA invited to Cross cutting panel then transferred to be lead author on Thermochemical panel. Work has focused on the production of a comprehensive report and the identification of 2 priority research directions for the thermochemical conversion of CO2 theme. This report is due to be published in mid-2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organisation of the EU-ISMET 2018 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 Organisation of the EU-ISMET 2018 conference at Newcastle University. Increase of the visibility of the research group and project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Paricipant in Harmoi Workshop on CCU LCA and Policy 
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 The workshop included dialogue on the problems of standardising LCA approaches for CO2 utilisation. Direct outcome was a pathway forward to discuss a specification for defining vocabulary for CCU, meetings will be held with industrialists, policy makers and researchers in Spring/Summer 2019 to define this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation in CO2Value Europe working groups 
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 Participation in taskforces for CO2 Value Europe to promote CCU within EU Commission
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Poster Presentation - CO2 conversion summer school, Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), 29/08-02/09 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster Presentation - CO2 conversion summer school, Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), 29/08-02/09 2016 - Lifes-CO2R: Liquid Fuel and BioEnergy Supply from CO2 Reduction. Poster presenting the project. Aims and objectives, work packages, collaborators, International partners. Presented by Dr. Jean-Marie Fontmorin on behalf of Newcastle University group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://villars2016.dcb.unibe.ch/index.html
 
Description Poster Presentation - EU-ISMET 2016, Rome (Italy), 28-30/09/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster Presentation - CO2 conversion summer school, Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), 29/08-02/09 2016 - Lifes-CO2R: Liquid Fuel and BioEnergy Supply from CO2 Reduction. Poster presenting the project. Aims and objectives, work packages, collaborators, International partners. Presented by Dr. Jean-Marie Fontmorin on behalf of Newcastle University group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster Presentation - RRfW annual conference in Leeds, 1-2 December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation by Dr Jhuma Sadhukhan, and Dr Mobolaji Shemfe (Surrey University) "Software development for Global Sustainability and Engineering analysis of Resource recovery Technologies (GSERTTM)"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Royal Society Synthetic fuels 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 Discussion of Synthetic fuels research and industry in the UK to produce a policy document from Royal Society as the road map of Synthetic fuels landscape for the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Science Collaboration Symposium in Kuwait 
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 Science Collaboration Symposium in Kuwait on 5th to 6th March, 2018 under the theme: Waste Water - Treatment and Reuse
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science in Policy (Prof. Peter Styring) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to 100+ undergraduate and postgraduate students on how policy and science interact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tata Visit, University of South Wales, Treforest. 
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 A high level delegation from Tata Strip Products, Port Talbot, including Director, Mr Luc Bol; Chief Engineer, Mr Martyn Duggan; Impact Acceleration Manager, Mr Brian Edy; and four other high ranking personel, attended a meeting with academics at USW to assess prospects for increased collaborative interaction on research. Two presentations of relevance to this output were...
Guwy. A. J. (2016) Overview of EERI/SERC, In Tata Visit, University of South Wales, Treforest.
Premier, G. C. (2016) Bioelectrochemical Systems (BES), In Tata Visit, University of South Wales, Treforest.
The presentations were followed by in-depth discussions, during which very positive indications of intent to increase collaborative research were expressed by Tata, and mechanisms were to be explored further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description The AD Network: MEC Workshop, Durham, 19/09/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The AD Network: MEC Workshop: Durham Cricket Club, invited presentation on BES scale-up by Dr. Hitesh Boghani (University of South Wales). Title: Microbial Electrochemical Technology for Polishing Wastewater.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Transformative Research to Combat Climate Change Workshop, Toronto (Canada), 12/10/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact University of Toronto, Transformative Research to Combat Climate Change, Challenge Workshop. Oct 2016, Plenary session given by Peter Styring.
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cbe/news/toronto-1.652884
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://forestry.utoronto.ca/faculty-is-hosting-transformative-research-to-combat-climate-change-chal...
 
Description UKCCSRC Meeting, Coventry 
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 Workshop on scope of CCUS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi 
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 Visit to Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, 7th to 8th March, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WREC Presentation 2016 - Linking fermentation and bioelectrochemical systems 
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 the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC15) in Jakarta in 2016. Premier, G. C., Boghani, H. C., Fradler, K. R., Jones, R., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Kaur, A., Michie, I., Dinsdale, R. M., and Guwy, A. J. (2016) Bioenergy and resource recovery: Linking fermentation and bioelectrochemical systems, In World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC15), Jakarta, Indonesia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.wrec2016indonesia.com/
 
Description Workshop 
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 UK-Russia Workshop held in Newcastle on 19th-22nd November - Scientific and technical grounds of future low-carbon propulsion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop on public awareness and acceptance for CCU 
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 a first of a kind expert day on public perception and awareness for CCU. Workshop gathered people from across Europe (big German presence). Discussed numerous issues surrounding communication and acceptance of CCU products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018