SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly – Agenda now available

The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly will take place on Thursday 19th of November at Rothamsted Research.

Registration closes on the 5th of November, we reached capactity last year so please register now to secure your place. The conference fee is £70 and includes all refreshments, drinks reception and conference dinner.

The assembly will start at 10:30 and finish with a poster session and conference dinner. The provisional timetable can be found below.

If you have any questions about the assembly, please contact hub project manager Laura O’Keefe on


Provisional Timetable (subject to change)


Coffee and registration

10:30 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:40


Session 1 – Bioenergy conversion systems
  • Venetsanaes: Biodegradation and inhibition effects on anaerobic digestion of pyrolysis aqueous fractions
  • Khan: Real time control of gasifiers for improved operation
  • Mason: Thermal Conductivity in solid biomass fuels
  • Titirici: Hydrothermal Biomass conversion into Carbon Materials and Chemicals
  • Tu: Plasma gas cleaning process for the conversion of model tar from biomass gasification

11:40 – 12:40


Session 2 – Catalysis in bioenergy systems
  • Skillen: Photocatalytic Bioethanol Production
  • Nahil: Plasma/Catalyst development to produce high quality syngas from tar model compounds
  • Wu: Esterification and catalytic reforming of bio-oils produced from biomass pyrolysis
  • Zhang: Treatment of Gasifier Effluents with Non-Thermal Plasmas

12:40 – 1:40

Networking Lunch (1 hour)

1:40 – 2:35


Session3 – Emissions
  • Harrison: re:heat / Wood Heat Association
  • Forbes: PM10 and NOx emissions from wood fuel combustion
  • Conibear: Understanding the impacts of recent large scale solid fuel interventions on ambient air quality

2:35 – 3:45

Session 4 –  Ecosystem impacts
  • Adams: Methane emission measurements from UK biogas facilities
  • Craggs: The impact of increased biomass extraction on the ecosystem services of North American forests
  • Styles: Environmental balance of the UK biogas sector
  • Falano: An Environmental and Techno-economic assessment of Oxy fuel combustion Technology


Coffee break (30mins)

4:15 – 5:05

Session 5 – Sustainability of global bioenergy production
  • Welfle: Biomass, Trade, Scenarios, Brazil
  • Tomei:  Bioenergy in Mozambique
  • Roeder: Sweet energy – bioenergy pathways from sugarcane residues in South Africa

5:05- 6:00

Session 6 – Policy lessons
  • Purkus: Concepts and Instruments for a Rational Bioenergy Policy – A New Institutional Economics Approach
  • Mawhood: Policy options to promote perennial energy crops: the limitations of the English Energy Crops Scheme and the role for agent-based modelling in policy design
  • Horschig: Transferability of a simulation model for the German Biomethane market to the case of the UK
6-7pm Poster sessions and drinks reception
7pm Conference Dinner with prize for best poster

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