Research

Bioenergy value chains

Most energy system studies of the UK indicate a strong role for bioenergy in the coming decades, especially if the UK is to meet its climate change mitigation ambitions. However, there is a need to understand how bioenergy systems can be implemented without negative sustainability-related impacts.

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Mr Andrew Welfle

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Emissions, Carbon, Energy, Bioenergy

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Dr Paul Gilbert

Dr Paul Gilbert is a lecturer in climate change, sustainability and project management within the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He is a member of Tyndall Manchester within the international Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and contributes to undergraduate/postgraduate teaching on carbon management, sustainable waste management and project management. Paul joined the University of Manchester in 2009 as a Research Associate on the EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Consortium.

Keywords: 
Emissions, Shipping, Carbon, Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Biomass, Management, Climate, Sustainability, Waste, Waste management, Teaching, Education, Energy efficiency, Transport

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Dr Patrick Gallois

There are many situations in a plant’s life when self-destruction of some cells is required. This may happen to create empty spaces inside tissues or when energy needs recycling for new growth or when a scorched earth policy is required to stop the progression of a pathogen. These situations occur during e.g. the germination of seeds, the differentiation of vascular elements, the reproduction and the senescence of plants and under pathogen attack. In all cases, a precise and spatially confined activation of cell death is required and can only been achieved by a complex genetic control.

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Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biotechnology, Sustainability, Environment, Plants, Food, Resilience, Agriculture, Teaching, Education

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Dr Patricia Thornley

Patricia Thornley is a chartered physicist with over 20 years experience working in bioenergy in industry and academia. She was involved with engineering implementation of many of the UKs early bioenergy plants, but is now based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Patricia leads the 4.5 million EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub, which aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research challenges associated with delivering sustainable bioenergy systems.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biomass, Systems analysis

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Prof Nigel Scrutton

Enzyme catalysts are central to life. They are the vehicles for delivering innovative bioscience solutions to chemicals manufacture, drug discovery, therapeutics and bioprocessing. They are the key enablers in the white biotechnology revolution, providing essential components in the new science of 'synthetic biology', offering new routes to biofuels, bulk and commodity chemicals and novel therapeutics.

Keywords: 
Quantum biology, Biology, Biocatalysis, Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Energy, Biotechnology

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Prof Nicholas Turner

Other project: Sustainable Laboratories

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biotechnology, Biology, Technology, Biocatalysis, Biotransformation, Chemistry, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Jon Pittman

Jon Pittman is a Lecturer in the Cellular Systems Section of the Faculty of Life Sciences. He is also the Programme Director for the Plant Science and Cell Biology BSc degrees.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Climate, Climate change, Water, Waste, Agriculture, Rural studies

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Prof Colin Webb

Since establishing the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering in 1994, Professor Webb's research activities have largely been directed towards the application of process engineering concepts to grain processing systems. Much of this work is being undertaken to investigate the possible future role of cereals and other solid biomass as raw materials for industrial chemicals.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Biomass, Renewable energy, Chemistry, Engineering, Sustainability, Food, Chemicals, Production, Teaching, Education

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Prof Andrew McMeekin

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Innovation, Business, Economy, Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Environment, Sustainability, Climate, Production, Knowledge exchange Genetics, Biology, Biotechnology, Technology, Information technology, Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Teaching, Education, Behaviour, Psychology

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