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EPSRC Reference: EP/E039995/1
Title: SUPERGEN BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND ENERGY CROPS II CORE
Principal Investigator: Jones, Professor JM
Other Investigators:
Shield, Dr I Bridgwater, Professor AV Williams, Professor P
Williams, Professor A Ekins, Professor P Donnison, Professor IS
Tubby, Mr I Bauen, Dr AW Edwards, Professor P
Morris, Professor P Hawkesford, Professor M Brammer, Professor JG
Swithenbank, Professor J Upham, Professor P David, Professor WIF
Anderson, Professor K Jones, Professor MO Dupont, Dr V
Davies, Professor SG Sharifi, Professor VN Pourkashanian, Professor M
Brookes, Professor PC Thornley, Professor EP Griffiths, Dr G
Oakey, Professor J Simms, Professor NJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr AB Ross Dr J Tomei
Project Partners:
Alstom Group Biomass Engineering Coppice Resources Ltd
E.On Rural Generation Ltd RWE (Innogy/Npower)
Department: Energy Resources Research Unit
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 June 2007 Ends: 30 November 2011 Value (£): 6,313,560
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioenergy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Bioenergy is now becoming a commercial reality, ranging from cofiring in power stations, small units for power and/or heat, as well as transport fuels such as biodiesel. This SUPERGEN bioenergy project will continue to deliver the scientific background to the provision and utilisation of bioenergy, as well as innovative concepts for new applications. The research brings together growers, biologists, agronomists, economists, scientists and engineers in a unique multi-disciplinary team that will tackle the challenges associated with the further development of this renewable resource in a sustainable manner. The extended programme examines production and utilisation related factors that affect quality and suitability of a biomass fuel for different end uses, with a particular emphasis on the energy crops, willow and miscanthus, as well as more diverse fuel streams including residues and co-products. The work programme ranges from practical issues associated with fuel handling and preparation, to fundamental studies of genetics, agronomy and chemistry that affect both desirable and undesirable fuel characteristics. In addition, key engineering solutions for the successful development of biomass thermal conversion technologies are sought through (a) an understanding of the basic science in thermal conversion and (b) component and plant engineering issues. These topics are developed further in this renewal proposal through advanced engineering models complemented by experimental studies in a range of combustion, gasification and pyrolysis units.In addition, the scope of the project has been widened in this continuation to consider challenges in fuels and chemicals production from biomass, integrated with energy production in a bio-refinery approach.
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