Research projects

The Hub is delivering a diverse range of bioenergy research projects from fundamental science to engineering challenges, social responses to technologies, economic context and policy development. Many take a whole-systems perspective to comprehensively evaluate the potential of future technology options.

The first 19 project were directly funded by EPSRC, You can read about each of the projects on their individual pages, with details of the principal investigators and partners involved. Projects 20 - 43 have been funded through the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub flexible funding allocation. If you would like any more detail on each of these, please contact hub project manager Laura O'Keefe (Laura.Okeefe@manchester.ac.uk).

Project 1: Emissions from solid biomass combustion led by Newcastle University

Project 2: Impact of feedstock parameters on airborne emissions led by University of Leeds

Project 3: Evaluation of synthetic natural gas led by University of Bath

Project 4: Streamlining the supply chain led by Rothamsted Research

Project 5: Carbon uncertainties in the supply chain led by The University of Manchester

Project 6: Gasification integration led by Newcastle University

Project 7: Torrefaction integrated assessment led by University of Bath

Project 8: Carbon Capture and Storage led by University of Leeds

Project 9: Bio-oil partial upgrading led by Aston University

Project 10: Whole system analysis of novel biofuel technologies led by Aston University

Project 11: Clean energy utilisation from biogas and biomass gasification led by Lancaster University

Project 12: Bioenergy value chains: Whole systems analysis and optimisation led by Imperial College

Project 13: Development of fast pyrolysis based advanced biofuel technologies led by University of Surrey

Project 14: Increasing energy yield from the integration of anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis led by Aston University

Project 15: Photocatalytic bioethanol production led by Robert Gordon University 

Project 16: Clean energy from rice straw led by The University of Manchester and IRRI

Project 17: Measurement and analysis of bioenergy greenhouse gases (MAGLUE) led by Southampton University

Project 18: Real time control of gasifiers to increase tolerance to biomass variety and reduce emissions led by the University of Glasgow

Project 19: Plasma/catalytic gas cleaning to deliver high quality syngas from the gasification of biomass led by Leeds University

Project 20: Feasibility study to assess how opinions and perspectives differ of AD bioenergy between intra-and inter-community stakeholder groups of a well-received versus a controversial AD plant led by University of Durham (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award).

Project 21: Fugitive methane measurements led by Bath University (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 22: Contaminated land biomass compositions led by Cranfield University (SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 23: Socio-economic aspects of Brazilian bioenergy led by UCL and the University of Leeds (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 24: Cookstove emissions led by The University of Manchester and the University of Leeds (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 25: UK and German biomethane markets (researcher exchange) led by The University of Manchester (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 26: Advanced fuel research (researcher exchange) led by University of Leeds (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 27: Ultrasound enhanced esterification led by the University of Hull (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award) 

Project 28: AD monitoring led by Loughborough University (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award) 

Project 29: AD integration with hydrothermal carbonization led by the University of Leeds (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award) 

Project 30: AD ~Biomass type testing in Scotland led by SRUC (SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub - Small Grant Award)

Project 31: Managing the condition and storage of biomass wood chip supply chain led by Rothamsted Research (Flexible funded project)

Project 32: Impact of biomass supply on carbon stocks led by Rothamsted Research (Flexible funded project)

Project 33: Temporal aspects of GHG emission led by The University of Manchester (Flexible funded project)

Project 34:Techno-economic assessment tool led by Aston University (Flexible funded project)

Project 35: Composition of UK Wood Supply Chain led by Rothamsted Research (Flexible funded project) 

Project 36: Integrating UK bioenergy research led by The University of Manchester and Aston University (Flexible funded project)

Project 37: Building research capacity and international links led by Aston University (Flexible funded project)

Project 38: Aviation biofuels led by The University of Manchester and Aston University (Flexible funded project)

Project 39: Interfaces between feedstocks and processes led by Aston University (Flexible funded project)

Project 40: Organic carbon characterization led by the University of Leeds (Flexible funded project) 

Project 41: Plasma emission abatement led by Newcastle University (Flexible funded project) 

Project 42: Contamined land led by Rothamsted Research (Flexible funded project)

Project 43: Air Quality led by the University of Leeds and The University of Manchester (Flexible funded project)

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