Supergen Bioenergy Hub 2018

Lead Research Organisation: Aston University
Department Name: College of Engineering and Physical Sci

Abstract

Biomass is plant or woody material that during its growth has absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis . When the biomass is used to produce bioenergy it re-releases to atmosphere the same amount of CO2 as was sequestered during growth. Therefore, as long as biomass growth is close in time period to release there is no net addition to the long term atmospheric CO2 concentration. However, some aspects of processing and using the biomass may generate additional greenhouse gas emissions that need to be accounted for and, given that the UK is trying to decrease all carbon emissions it is important that we make efficient use of our biomass resource by maximizing the production and use of truly sustainable resource and developing efficient pre-treatment and conversion technologies. It is also important that we make the best use of the sustainable biomass resource and fully understand the wider impact and costs of implementation.
This project brings together leading UK bioenergy research groups to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK's transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future. We will synthesize previous work on land and feedstock availability to assess the realistic potential resource for UK bioenergy and examine new crops that could support UK farming by delivering ecosystem benefits as well as biomass resource. We will test the performance of different feedstocks in high efficiency conversion options and develop new techniques which will improve resource efficiency in bioenergy systems, especially at small scale. We will evaluate the impact of using biomass for heat, electricity, transport fuels or chemicals to provide independent, authoritative information to guide decision making by industrialists and policy makers. We will assess the potential for bioenergy to contribute a proportion of the UK's future sustainable energy mix, taking into account the environmental, economic and social impacts of the processes.
We will work with industrialists and policy makers to ensure that our work is relevant to their needs and reflects achievable implementation standards. We will share our findings in our research work widely with the industry and policy communities and make it accessible to societal stakeholders on our website, via special publications, in the conventional and on social media and with tailored events for public engagement.

Planned Impact

The project has been developed in conjunction with over 50 non-academic users of the research to ensure that the research programme addresses key evidence gaps, engineering challenges and societal concerns. This will be consolidated by a number of engagement workshops at the outset, allowing the hub to establish firm working relationships with key stakeholders for transfer of information that will support impact in industry, policy and society.

The focus of the hub on industrial, policy and societal priorities will be maintained by an advisory board representative of a broad set of these stakeholder interests.

The project impact plan focuses on international impact, UK policy impact and knowledge transfer. The hub's communication and engagement plan includes not only one-way dissemination, but also two-way knowledge exchange via workshops, small focused meetings and secondments, which have been enthusiastically welcomed by industrial and policy partners. We will maximise the efficiency of hub communications by making effective use of social media (including twitter, LinkedIn and our hub website) to target different stakeholders with appropriate information in a timely manner.

Hub partners will be empowered to connect with industrialists, policy makers and societal stakeholders in greater depth about key issues via travel grants and funding for secondments, which will not only allow transfer of knowledge but also enrichment of respective academic, industrial and policy perspectives.

The hub has a unique role in connecting industry, policy, societal and academic interests in a relatively controversial renewable energy area. By developing relationships of trust, pursuing sound science with integrity and providing impartial information to the wider community we will support UK policy makers in ensuring they design mechanisms that facilitate sustainable bioenergy devleopment, industrialists in developing more cost-effective bioenergy solutions and society in being confident that research is accelerating low-carbon, resilient and sustainable bioenergy systems.

Publications

10 25 50

 
Description The resources theme have collated data on existing resource studies. These have been shared with partners and stakeholders, as described elsewhere, including inputting into public consultations and running a policy briefing session for government officials. There is ongoing dialogue on how Supergen can best support DfT, BEIS and other information needs in the coming year.
The conversion theme have held workshops and reviewed information on the interfaces between feedstock properties and conversion performance. These have been exchanged internally within Supergen and are informing current work programmes.
The vectors theme have published a report on gasification and submitted a dynamic LCA paper on UK energy systems. A database is being complied of fuel standards and advice has been given to individual industrialists on their specific issues and queries in the interim. Work is currently focusing on the role of biomass-derived hydrogen and a paper is in preparation.
The systems theme have reviewed bioenergy modelling approaches, finding that there is a significant gap between modelling approaches applied at different scales that could lead to misinformation on bioenergy in integrated assessment models. A journal paper has just been accepted.
Across the hub, priority systems for our case studies have now been agreed with stakeholders and we are in the process of defining the way forward (including key external partners) for assessment of each of these.
Exploitation Route We are already working with DfT and BEIS to provide input into their ongoing information needs. We are actively engaging with commercial partners to encourage secondments and other opportunities to transfer knowledge to maximize use of research outcomes. This is being taken forward at ALL Energy in May 2020.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment

URL http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net
 
Description The findings have been used by BEIS to scope an innovation competition, by DfT to inform staff on biomass resources/strategy, by the REA to communicate high level scientific implications for their industrial strategy to their members, by the European Commission in scoping research priorities/gaps, by companies who are pursuing specific technologies and seeking information on their merits. The findings have informed public and professional discourse on social media and electronic platforms.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Circular economy policy commission
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Contribution to Committee on Climate Change consultation on 6th Carbon Budget - Hub
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Contribution to government review on Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) - Patricia Thornley
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact According to global climate and economic models, removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Among Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) techniques, these models assume that Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) could play a prominent role. This POSTnote summarises why BECCS has been included in the models, outlines the challenges and trade-offs of deploying at scale, and considers policy options for supporting its development.
URL https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pn-0618
 
Description Engage with UK policy makers to ensure the Supergen research is aligned with their strategies
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Consultation exercise with government departments and policy makers to ensure relevance of Supergen Bioenergy Hub activities
 
Description Greenhouse gas removal: September 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Through addressing the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases that are driving climate change
URL http://royalsociety.org/greenhouse-gas-removal
 
Description Input into European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy Joint Programme.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Participation in workshops and virtual meetings. Drafting document. Inputs will inform European Strategic energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).
URL https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/technology-and-innovation/strategic-energy-technology-plan
 
Description Input to REA Bioenergy Strategy Report - various Supergen partners
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Several members of Supergen Management Group participated in working groups and a workshop to shape the Bioenergy Strategy document before publication. Prof Patricia Thornley was also asked to give the keynote address at the Parliamentary launch of REA bioenergy strategy. This is what she said straight after the launch event: "It was great that they publicly stated in the room several times the great contribution they had from the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and how helpful that had been (especially as BBSRC were in the room). The industrialists really appreciated it, UKRI liked that we did it and it made a difference to our reputations and opened some new doors in terms of contacts. The plan now is to establish an all-party parliamentary group on bioenergy."
URL https://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/news/rea-report-ministers-must-commit-to-16-bioenergy-to-safeguar...
 
Description Input to Royal Society report on : Sustainable synthetic carbon based fuels for transport - Patricia Thornley
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The need to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from all human activities has never been clearer. One area requiring urgent action is the transition from the use of fossil fuels for transport. Whilst the decarbonisation of electricity is progressing and many transport modes can feasibly be electrified, some transport modes, such as heavy-duty vehicles, aircraft and shipping will require different technological options. Sustainable synthetic fuels offer one solution.
URL https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/low-carbon-energy-programme/sustainable-synthetic-ca...
 
Description Member of Net Zero Science Advisory Panel for NFU. (Iain Donnison and Patricia Thornley)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Membership of Expert Advisory Group on "Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK" for Committee of Climate Change (Iain Donnison)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/land-use-policies-for-a-net-zero-uk/
 
Description Participation in The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry on Agriculture achieving net-zero emissions - IBERS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Participation in The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry on Agriculture achieving net-zero emissions - Supergen Bioenergy Hub submission
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Participation in UKRI Research Infrastructure Consultation including on Cross Cutting Themes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Policy Briefing event on Committee for Climate Change bioenergy report, forest carbon balances and BECCS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy briefing on Biomass Availability
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description UKERC report - Power Shift: How to build Gender Balance in the Energy Research Portfolio - Patricia Thornley
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Our research explores the current state of gender balance in UK energy research. We looked at the data and talked to female energy researchers about their experience of securing research funding and of academic life. They told us what needs to change. The time for change is now. Urgent climate action needs more women and closing the energy gender gap will lead to more innovation and accelerate the transition to more sustainable and renewable energy systems. Progress on gender balance has been too slow for too long. There is a welcome renewed focus on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as UK Research and Innovation becomes established, and we need to ensure that this opportunity is fully seized upon. We also eagerly await the outcomes of the consultation on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of researchers, expected later this year. The energy sector needs women and the current under-representation of women in energy research funding is a waste of talent and expertise.
URL http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/publications/power-shift.html
 
Description Co-Director on BBNet (BBSRC NIBB) Patricia Thornley 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Department Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Participated in all BBNet Meetings in Advisory capacity
Collaborator Contribution Mutual / reciprocal agreement and support of Supergen Hub activities
Impact Not known
Start Year 2019
 
Description Co-I on NewJet+ (DfT decarbonising transport network) 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Aston University is one of the academic partners of the NewJet Network+ alongside Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Sheffield, Cardiff University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Birmingham where the project lead Dr Simon Blakey is based. The work will also be supported by non-academic partners BP International Ltd, the Department for Transport and Renovare Fuels Ltd. Professor Patricia Thornley, who leads Aston's Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute as well as the national Supergen Bioenergy Hub, commented: "Aircraft emissions are one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions and so acting now to develop alternative options is important. The industry is already taking steps to tackle its impact but much more needs to be done and quickly. The NewJet+ Network will use engagement between industry and academia to deliver research that will help the UK to move towards a decarbonised aviation system."
Collaborator Contribution The project lead Dr Simon Blakey is based University of Birmingham
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership 
Organisation Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Carrying out work on examining bioenergy policy mechanisms and their potential interactions across different countries and end-use demand sectors. Aim is to identify and avoid any clashes or areas of policy conflict at different levels (local, national, international)
Collaborator Contribution Contribution in kind of time and data of £5,000 as well as introductions to relevant industrialists
Impact Report in preparation. Upcoming workshoip in London.
Start Year 2019
 
Description SHV low carbon LPG 
Organisation SHV Energy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are carrying out a joint project investigating catalytic pathways from biomass to renewable liquid C3-C8 hydrocarbons to act as low carbon LPG globally,
Collaborator Contribution Scoped project, cash contribution as above, guiding and supervising research project. Also now an advisory board member for SGBH and has met with early career researchers to encourage and mentor as well as representing SGBH internationally at our Gothenburg conference.
Impact Not yet completed.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Supergen Bioenergy Hub and Department for Transport fund innovative research into bioenergy carbon capture, storage and utilisation in the transport sector 
Organisation Department of Transport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Supergen Bioenergy Hub worked with Department for Transport to develop the call for proposals and promote the flexible funding opportunity to Members of the Supergen Network. Applicants were invited to submit research proposals investigating the potential for the integration of carbon capture and storage or utilisation with biofuel production in the transport sector. Following an anonymised screening process designed to ensure impartiality and encourage diversity in the applications, two awards have been made to researchers from Loughborough University and Herriott Watt. The Supergen Bioenergy Hub has announced the results of its first flexible funding call of £200,000, awarded jointly with the Department for Transport. The awards have been made to Dr Jin Xuan, Dr Tanja Radu and Dr Jonathan Wagner, all from Loughborough University.
Collaborator Contribution The Supergen Bioenergy Hub worked with Department for Transport to develop the call for proposals and promote the flexible funding opportunity to Members of the Supergen Network. The Department for Transport provided the funding to the Supergen Bioenergy Hub via the EPSRC. DfT have been involved in all stages of the process including advertisement of the opportunity, assessment of the applications and final decision making with regard to the awards. Regular progress meetings have been held with DfT to monitor and steer the progress on the awarded projects.
Impact Project outlines were presented at the Supergen Hub Researchers meeting in Glasgow in May 2019. Preliminary findings were presented at the Conference in Gothenburg.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Three C: Creating and Sustaining Charcoal value chains to promote a circular carbon economy 
Organisation European Union
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research grant (including intramural programme)
Collaborator Contribution Project Partner
Impact Only just started so no outcomes yet
Start Year 2020
 
Title Filing for plant variety protection for four (additional) Miscanthus seed based hybrids and agreement of licensing terms (IBERS, Aberyswyth) 
Description We have filed for four additional Miscanthus varieties (8 in total) and in addition agreed a licensing arrangement for them with Terravesta. 
IP Reference  
Protection Protection not required
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed Yes
Impact These varieties are currently being trialed on farms in the UK and also at multiple locations in Europe. This is still the beginning of a new seed based Miscanthus industry in UK/ Europe and a number of companies have been involved in the application and modification of existing technologies to make the new agronomies possible. A research highlight is currently being written with UKRI-BBSRC to describe the research leading up to this impact.
 
Description "The Conversation: I Need to Know series - What is needed to tackle the climate emergency, and who is responsible? (Republished globally)" - Patricia Thornley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "The Conversation: I Need to Know series - What is needed to tackle the climate emergency, and who is responsible?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/what-is-needed-to-tackle-the-climate-emergency-and-who-is-responsible-12...
 
Description Asia and renewable energy - the only viable option for a sustainable future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article in Bioenergy Insight highlighting the relevance of the project activities adn leading to further discussion with commercial sector on bioenergy development opportunities in the global south
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Aston Angle - Urgent tree planting and agricultural policy reform needed to achieve zero greenhouse gases by 2050 - circulated to policymakers and key stakeholders Patricia Thornley 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Climate change has been unusually prominent recently. Greta Thunberg has captured public imagination with her campaign, the Committee on Climate Change has said that UK government action is far behind what is needed and demonstrators have mobilised action on the streets of London to demand more from their politicians. The UK Parliament has declared a 'climate change emergency' and passed a net zero bill to bring all greenhouse gases (GHG's) to zero by 2050. Interestingly, the West Midlands Combined Authority has just set its own regional target of net zero by 2041. That would give some hope of limiting the global temperature rise to 2 degrees celsius, but almost all ways of achieving net zero involve the 'unicorn' in the room - 'net negative emission technologies'.

While renewable electricity has been increasing in the UK and globally, transport emissions have been stubbornly stagnant (improvements in vehicle performance have been at best offset by increases in utilisation) and heat for industrial and domestic use remains a major challenge. And that is just the energy sector. Our waste processing, food production and manufacturing sectors all produce greenhouse gases as well. Some of these can never be fully eliminated: soil and life on earth will always produce some emissions, so, how can we get to 'zero GHG emissions'?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www2.aston.ac.uk/news/?urgent-tree-planting-and-agricultural-policy-reform
 
Description BBC Interview on World Service - Patricia Thornley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with the BBC for World Service. They will be talking about managing waste, turning it into electricity, turning it into hydrogen and turning it into aviation fuels, including climate and environmental emission concerns.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172wx93swtyz7p
 
Description Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage: examining commercial implementation pathways and innovation needs 
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 The UK has significant academic expertise in bioenergy (Supergen Bioenergy Hub) and CCS (UKCCSRC), which provide centres of scientific and engineering knowledge that can support industrial deployment. This meeting explored some possible BECCS futures for the UK, the pathways to those futures and the skills and innovation needs that consequently arise in the BECCS area.
We heard from leading industrialists on their plans and discussed possible trajectories for UK development, identifying any skills and knowledge gaps or deficiencies where the academic research community could provide support to facilitate BECCS deployment. The aim was to make a start in identifying key priority areas, which can then be progressed by appropriate industrial-academic collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Biogas from rice straw 
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 academics, NGOs and third sector organisations discussing bioenergy production in the Philippines adn S.E. Asia leading to new resaerch collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Blog - Are Biofuels the Answer to Kick-Start Decarbonisation in the Shipping Sector? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this blog, Dr Andrew Welfle, based in Tyndall Manchester and part of the national Supergen Bioenergy Hub, looks at the current state of the global shipping sector and how it can look towards decarbonisation through a commitment to the use of biofuels.

The trade and movement of goods and resources is the engine that drives global economic growth and with it prosperity. Shipping represents the life blood of this process, where over 50,000 ships are key to the movement of around 90% of world trade.
The growing shipping sector is calculated to be responsible for around 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and these are forecast to rise by between 50% and 250% by 2050 as the sector grows to facilitate global trade.
The shipping sector regards biofuels as a potential pathway to make near-term advances in decarbonising current fleets, as current ships could be rapidly retrofitted and new ships built relatively easily and cost effectively to operate on biofuels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/energy_environment/2019/10/are-biofuels-the-answer-to-kick-start...
 
Description CEREALS 2019: 12-13 June 2019 (Iain Donnison) 
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 Aberystwyth's IBERS MUST team joined Terravesta Ltd. on the stand for both days. An important outcome was the engagement of stakeholders in different parts of the biomass value chain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/
 
Description Conference - Building a sustainable European biofuel industry, Gothenburg, Nov 19 
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 The conference, organised jointly by Supergen Bioenergy Hub (UK), Bio4Fuels (Norway) and Renewable Transportation and Fuels (Sweden), focused on the key objective of sustainable biofuel implementation prospects in Norway, Sweden and the UK. It brought together researchers, industry specialists and policymakers to review the status of bioenergy deployment, analyse the future of sustainable biofuel production and use in Europe and connect sectorial expertise, with a view to supporting sustainable biofuel production and greenhouse gas mitigation.

The organisers recognise that industry, policy and research co-align along common interests and objectives, and through this conference, they sought to facilitate networking, bridge gaps across different research and business areas, connect parts of the biofuel production value chain, and work together across country borders.

The conference programme included:
Early career researcher forum
Site visit
Speaker presentations
Poster presentations

The conference is supported by a special issue of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/conference/programme/
 
Description Conference and workshop - Chris Hardacre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to LIKAT, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock, Germany
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Engagement on alternative aviation fuels in Washington - 
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 half day engagement activity on alternative aviation fuels in Washington, USA following the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) meeting between industry, academia and policymakers. The engagement was to build understanding and links between UK, USA and Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with NFU local and national vice-president (Iain Donnison, Aberystwyth) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Engagement with NFU local farmers and representatives and the UK national vice-president (Stuart Roberts) to discuss food and farming including agricultural education and careers with early career researchers and in a panel session discussion with final year students. Further plans were discussed in relation to a public lecture on the future of food as part of the 100 years of plant breeding in Aberystwyth in late March in 2019, which will have a larger public and total engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Exhibition stand EUBCE (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition) 
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 Exhibition stand EUBCE (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Food and Farming Futures / NFU Seminar: institutional frameworks to support a world-leading farming and food industry 
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 Event to discuss "Do we have the right institutional framework in place to support a world-leading farming and food industry to deliver the ever-challenging needs of society?" The seminar built on the thinking of a recent industry-wide discussion reflecting that UK agriculture faces an unprecedented opportunity to take the driving seat for delivering society's needs; producing healthy food that helps to tackle the rise in diet-related human diseases, whilst protecting our precious environmental resources and which also helps to mitigate climate change, soil health, water and air quality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Glastonbury Festival - Stall with activities relating to the circular bioeconomy. Rob Holland, Southampton 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Stall with activities relating to the circular bioeconomy where we distribute Bioenergy Comics to people who take part in the activities. General awareness raising of issues around bioenergy and the circular bioeconomy. Actively talking about our science with the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/UoS_bioeconomy/status/1145324570771107841
 
Description Hosted visit from NFU on Net Zero Agriculture at IBERS Aberystwyth 
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 Hosted a visit from a senior NFU team on their target for agriculture to be Net Zero by 2040. IBERS, including Core Strategic Programme (CSP) Science, was presented to describe how emissions can be decreased from ruminant livestock agriculture and what options there are for diversification into negative emission farming. The discussions included IBERS staff from all four CSP sub-programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre (IDRIC) Ideas Factory workshop (Iain Donnison) 
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 Attended the Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre (IDRIC) Ideas Factory workshop at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Engaged with a number of industrial clusters on how urban and rural decarbonisation strategies can be linked up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://idric.org/events/
 
Description Input to Energy Systems Catapult Workshop on Biofuels, AV Bridgwater, Aston 
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 Input to workshop on how UK should develop and introduce biofuels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview for Power Technology News item on Power generation in India - P Thornley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview and comment for news article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.power-technology.com/features/power-generation-in-india/
 
Description Joint workshop with IEA Bioenergy Task 33 on waste gasification 
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 jointly organised by Supergen Bioenergy Hub and IEA TAsk 33 to address UK interest in Waste gasification.
Gasification is a technology that is widely applied for the production of heat and power. Many developments focus on utilizing low-quality feedstocks in order to improve business cases, as well as providing solutions for emerging problems. Waste (biogenic) is a major global challenge today, especially waste containing plastic. As incineration and land-filling becomes more and more unpopular, gasification is gaining momentum and the number of solution providers in this area is growing. Furthermore, waste gasification is more complex than using clean biomass, and therefore requires new R&D.
This IEA Bioenergy Task 33 workshop will give companies an opportunity to present their solutions and explain what makes the market work for them. There will also be a number of presentations on recent and required efforts in R&D.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ieabioenergy.com/ieaevent/workshop-on-waste-gasification/
 
Description Launch Event for new network Andrew Welfle 
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 DecarboN8 Network Launch Event in Leeds. Promotion of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and our activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of biogas pilot plant, Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Launch event at biogas pilot facility in Philippines was attended by the general public, policy makers, goverment officials, farmers, local industry, schools adn national media increasing the interest in rice straw utilisation for biogas production and renewable energy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Podcast - Andrew Welfle 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast recording for Manchester Energy, focusing on bioenergy. Promotion of the Supergen Bioenergy Network.

NB Not yet broadcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Podcast delving into the climate benefits and pollution worries related to wood-burning stoves. P Thornley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview and contribution to podcast on "Wood-burning stoves: air pollution and climate impact"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqU2vD1Khjw
 
Description Poster and presentation at EUBCE conference, K Chong Aston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EUBCE presentation - results of Supergen Flexible Funding project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation EUBCE, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact presentation on biomass from contaminated land
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and Visit to Stellenbosch University, K Chong Aston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Presentation during visit to raise awareness of Supergen Bieonegry Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at Advanced Propulsion Centre Transport Energy Network - Cross sector roadmapping Workshop - M Roeder, Aston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at Advanced Propulsion Centre Transport Energy Network - Cross sector roadmapping Workshop on behalf of Supergen Bioenergy Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transport-energy-network-cross-sector-roadmapping-workshops-tickets-6...
 
Description Presentation at FERF Biomass and waste workshop, K Chong Aston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on Promotion of the Supergen Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at Pint of Science event - K Chong, Aston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Raising awareness of bioenergy and research issues. Presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/a-climate-of-mass-destruction
 
Description Presentation at Transforming Energy Access: Innovations towards SDG 7; Dr K Chong, Aston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Policymakers event. Presented on and promoted Supergen Bioenergy Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transforming-energy-access-innovations-towards-sdg-7-tickets-54354085...
 
Description Presentation at Workshop - Andrew Welfle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the International Maritime Organisation about potential availability of feedstocks for alternative fuels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Lecture 2 October - Jason Hallett 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture including information about the work being done in Supergen. It has led to general awareness raising and also some connections for a project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Publicity at government event in November at House of Lords - Jason Hallett 
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 Publicity at a government event in November
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description REA transport working group - Dr K Chong, Aston 
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 Member of transport working group for REA Bioenergy Strategy. Ensuring that the research community is represented in the strategy document
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Radio Documentary for BBC World Series - Andrew Welfle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC World Sevice Documentary, provided interview discussing the potential role of bioenergy in decarbonising aviation.

NB This has not yet been broadcast, but has been recorded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Rice growing produces tonnes of excess straw - can we turn it into 'bioenergy'? - The Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact blog post at the converation leading to discussion with industry as well as resulting in additional media activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/rice-growing-produces-tonnes-of-excess-straw-can-we-turn-it-into-bioener...
 
Description Royal Welsh Show: 22 July 2019 - Iain Donnison / IBERS team 
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 The Royal Welsh is a very large event with a strong outreach to the public as well as those involved in the sector. Discussions between stands were ongoing, and have led to important Welsh policy links. Discussed climate change mitigation through plants and also the potential of energy crops in farm diversification for energy, building materials, chemicals and animal bedding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://rwas.wales/royal-welsh/
 
Description Rushlight Summer Showcase 
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 presenting R2B project at Rushlight Summer Showcase
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SHARE Workshop - BA Future of Flying Call 
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 for the SHARE ECR Network regarding upcoming call for proposals on Future of Flying - to encourage proposal preparation, sharing of ideas and networking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description South Downs Show Stall with activities relating to the circular bioeconomy - R Holland, Southampton 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact General awareness raising of issues around bioenergy and the circular bioeconomy. Actively talking about our science with the general public. Stall with activities relating to the circular bioeconomy, where we distribute Bioenergy Comics to people who take part in the activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.southdownsshow.co.uk/
 
Description Steering group workshop with LowCVP - M Roeder 
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 with Steering group for harmonising GHG standards for biobased sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen Launch Event at Houses of Parliament 
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 Event to launch the recently funded Supergen programmes in Bioenergy, Supersolar, Energy Networks and Offshore Renewable Energy. Collaborative activity with other Hubs and UKRI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/news/uk-research-hubs-launch-latest-phase-of-sustainable-energy-p...
 
Description Sustainable Bioenergy Systems in a Net-Zero Emission Framework 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Scottish Government Towards a Bioenergy Action Plan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sustainable bioenergy within a net-zero emission target: Synergies between environment, economy and society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nordic Conference Building a sustainable European biofuel industry Gothenburg
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Conversation: Retire all existing and planned fossil fuel power plants to limit warming to 1.5°C - M McManus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact News article for The Conversation: Retire all existing and planned fossil fuel power plants to limit warming to 1.5°C
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK researchers test 'first-of-its-kind' biodigester on rice straw 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article published in Approriate Technology magazin Vol 46, No.4
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description University of Edinburgh - Presentation - Supergen Bioenergy Hub: Introduction and Opportunities - Dr Abdelrahmen Zaky 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave a presentation on Supergen Bioenergy Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar in Malaysia on 23 October Jason Hallett 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Recorded lecture with publicity on Supergen activities. Led to further collaborations and a proposal for GCRF funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Written an article for "The Conversation" - Wales's past was in coal but its future is in carbon farming - Iain Donnison 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wales's past was in coal but its future is in carbon farming. A new report from the Committee on Climate Change has outlined how the UK should - and could - reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. While an ambitious target in itself, the commission predicts Scotland can meet it a little earlier, by 2045, while England will hit the target on time. Wales, however, has only been set a goal of 95% reduction by 2050.

Coming just days after Wales declared a climate emergency, the reduced goal has been met with understanding from the Welsh government - but why is it that the committee believes Wales cannot meet net zero? With wind power now cheaper than fossil fuel sources, polluting coal and gas fired power stations will not be replaced in Wales, meaning that the electricity sector should be relatively straightforward to decarbonise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/waless-past-was-in-coal-but-its-future-is-in-carbon-farming-116706
 
Description Ystwyth Valley Farmers Discussion Group - Iain Donnison 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An open evening event for the Ystwyth Valley Discussion Group, a group of about 25 local farmers and landowners to discuss the role of science and plant breeding for grassland farming. The event including a presentation, discussion and tours of the National Plant Phenomics Centre as an example of how modern technology is driving grassland science and the Biorefining Centre as an example of how more value can be created from grasslands and agricultural residues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019