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Reference Number NE/L002388/1
Title LAYERS of material flows for E-tech elements
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 25%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Wind Energy) 25%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 90%;
Principal Investigator Professor DAC Manning
No email address given
Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source NERC
Start Date 01 September 2013
End Date 31 May 2014
Duration 8 months
Total Grant Value £67,328
Industrial Sectors
Region North East
Programme
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor DAC Manning , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr RJ Dawson , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor HJ Glass , Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (0.001%)
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Objectives
Abstract To achieve carbon reduction targets as we move increasingly away from the use of fossil fuels, the infrastructure of electricity generation and transport will change as wind generation and electric vehicles become more important. Both of these require very specific materials, the so-called E-tech elements, and the ability of the mining industry to supply these is a matter of strategic significance. The provision of new technology on the required scale carries a significant risk of failure to secure materials needed to deliver the politically-agreed targets.Our proposal sets out to develop a generic approach to understanding and modelling the supply chain through Material Flow Analysis, uniquely adding a geological component with associated spatial visualisation and uncertainty. We will use standard methodology (ISO 14041), which is part of the ISO 14001 family; and these management systems are familiar to stakeholders. We add to these layers descriptions of geological (and so geographical) distribution of sources of selected E-tech elements, following through to consider the implications of space (geographical location) and time (including lead times from exploration through mining to product) at all stages of the supply chain. Using this approach, we will produce a tool that enables users to understand where bottlenecks arise in the supply chain, informing decisions that relate to resource use that include end-of-life recovery of these elements and providing constraints that inform policy makers. Our proposal involves close liaison with key representatives of non-academic users of E-tech elements
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