Winners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Assembly 2014 poster prize

We had over 30 posters at the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly from researchers across the UK.

The SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly took place at Conference Aston, Birmingham on the 5th of November 2014 (presentations can be viewed here).  Over 100 people from academia, industry and policy attended this full day event which closed with a poster and networking session. Over 30 posters were on display from researchers across the UK which were judged by Dr Patricia Thornley (SUPERGEN Hub Director), Dr Amanda Lea-Langton (Research Fellow – University of Leeds) and Gunter Woltron (Greenacres Energy Ltd). The standard was very high but the judges picked three winners who each won an amazon voucher:

 

  • James Bennett –  Aston University

Poster title : Catalysts from Waste: Red Mud as a Heterogeneous Catalyst for Bio-oil Upgrading

James Andrew Bennett obtained his Master and PhD at the University of Leicester, where he investigated the use of perfluoroalkyl moieties to allow heterogenisation of homogeneous catalysts over zirconium phosphonate supports. He then worked at the University of Birmingham, researching biogenic heterogeneous catalysts composed of transition metal nanoparticles supported on bacterial biomass, using waste sources of metals and biomass to produce “green” catalyst materials. He is currently working with Professors Karen Wilson and Adam Lee at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University, developing environmentally sustainable catalysts derived from Red Mud industrial waste for pyrolysis oil upgrading.

A copy of the poster can be found here.

 

  • Douglas Phillips – University of Leeds

Poster Title: The Characterisation of Peat Grown Willow and Silver Birch as potential Bioenergy Feedstocks

Douglas is currently completing an integrated MSc/PhD with the University of Leeds in their Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies. Previously he attended Bangor University and Cardiff University, attaining a BSc in Forestry and an MSc in Sustainable Energy and Environment, respectively. His research focus’s predominantly on the production of Bioenergy from wood feedstocks, for use at a domestic level. This includes potential sustainable forest management practices, the characterisation and combustion properties of wood feedstocks and the utilisation of alternative waste streams of lignocellulose products, including the likes of Conservation Biomass.

A copy of the poster can be found here.

 

  • Anne Velenturf – University of Surrey

Poster title: How to promote waste-to-resource innovations? Case studies from the Humber region.

Waste-to-resource innovations, also known as industrial symbiosis, have been identified as a strategy to limit carbon emissions whilst increasing resource efficiency and business growth. However, to date, empirical understanding of implementing these innovations, and hence how they can be promoted by companies and governmental organisations, is still limited. This poster presents case studies with companies that realised waste-to-resource innovations in the bioenergy sector in the Humber region, UK. The results expanded operational understanding, revealing companies’ activities and their strategic considerations, during the innovation processes.

A copy of the poster can be found here.