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Reference Number NE/C516279/1
Title A whole-system approach to analysing bioenergy demand and supply: mobilising the long-term potential of bioenergy TSEC-BIOSYS.
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Production of transport biofuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 50%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 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 Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 40%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 20%;
Principal Investigator Professor PJG (Peter ) Pearson
No email address given
Architecture
Cardiff University
Award Type TSEC
Funding Source NERC
Start Date 01 September 2005
End Date 28 February 2009
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £738,208
Industrial Sectors
Region Wales
Programme Towards A Sustainable Energy Economy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PJG (Peter ) Pearson , Architecture, Cardiff University (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr AW ( Ausilio ) Bauen , Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr J (Jeremy ) Woods , Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor R (Rafael ) Kandiyoti , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr C (Claire ) Adjiman , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr RJ (Richard ) Murphy , Biological Sciences, Imperial College London (0.001%)
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Objectives This Consortium involves many partners who are listed below. NERC have announced the funding for each partner as a separate grant. Consortium partners include Professor IR Harris , Metallurgy and Materials , University of Birmingham, Dr D Book , Metallurgy and Materials , University of Birmingham, Professor R Kandiyoti , Chemical Engineering and Chemical Tech , Imperial College London, Dr J Woods , Centre for Environmental Policy , Imperial College London, Dr RJ Murphy , Biological Sciences , Imperial College London, Dr AW Bauen , Centre for Environmental Policy , Imperial College London, Dr C Adjiman , Chemical Engineering and Chemical Tech , Imperial College London, Professor N Shah , Chemical Engineering and Chemical Tech , Imperial College London, Professor NP Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering , Imperial College London, Professor PJG Pearson , Centre for Environmental Policy , Imperial College London, Dr L Elghali , Ctr for Env Strategy , University of Surrey, Professor RC lift , Ctr for Env Strategy , University of Surrey, Dr R Dinsdale , School of Applied Sciences , University of Glamorgan, Professor D Hawkes , School of Technology , University of Glamorgan, Prof F Hawkes , School of Applied Sciences , University of Glamorgan, Dr A Guwy , School of Applied Sciences , University of Glamorgan, Dr GC Premier , School of Technology , University of Glamorgan, Mr M Fergusson , Transport Programme , The Institute for European Environment Policy (IEEP), Professor D Ban ister , School of Geography , University of Oxford, Professor G Taylor , School of Biological Sciences , University of Southampton, Dr A Karp , Plant and Invertebrate Ecology Division , Rothamsted Research, Professor D Powlson , None , Rothamsted Research, Dr D Moran , Land, Economy and Environment , Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Professor P Smith , School of Biological Sciences , University of Aberdeen, Dr J Finch , Process Hydrology , NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Abstract The project's objectives will be met through four strongly interdependent inter-disciplinary research themes. The themes will bring together natural and social scientists, engineers and economists from fifteen leading UK research organisations with demonstrated expertise in bioenergy or key complementary skills. Their research will be complemented by inputs from a network of organisations from the energy, bioenergy and agricultural industries, trade associations, financial organisations,NGOs, UK and Eli policy institutions, international organisations, regional I local authorities and other research organisations. Theme 1 will focus on the potential evolution of demand for bioenergy in the UK and current and future options for supplying the demand. The research addresses factors affecting demand, technology developments and possible transitions in bioenergy technologies and products, and the potential role of bioenergy imports. The theme will develop demand scenarios thatwillbe used to assess the economic and environmental implications of satisfying different scales and types of demand. Theme 2 will study the biomass supply potential in the UK from a land use, forest and crop production perspective. Research will identify and address limitations and bottlenecks facing biomass supply, including social issues. Future supply will be estimated using spatial and temporal models that integrate crop science, agricultural / forestry management, economic andenvironmental factors. Theme 3 will focus on the development of a sustainability framework for bioenergy chains and address the implications of alternative pathways for the development of bioenergy. The theme will provide an integrated analysis of economic, environmental and social aspects for key bioenergy chains and scenarios of interest to the UK, and will assess the greenhouse gas abatement potential of bioenergy chains in different final energy demand categories. The sustainabilityframework will provideguidance in relation to economic, environmental and social criteria that must be met by bioenergy chains and projects, and for the formulation of best practice guidelines, regulation and policies. Theme 4 will draw out the UK-wide implications of the whole systems analysis carried out under Themes 1, 2 and 3, and a synthesis of key findings on bioenergy development under different scenarios. It will provide recommendations and analysis on practices, regulation andpolicies, and work closely withstakeholders in developing a bioenergy roadmap. Theme 4 will ensure consistency and integration between the models and methods used within the other themes to ensure that a whole system perspective is maintained throughout the project. The interactions between the research teams and key stakeholders will also be coordinated within this theme to ensure that stakeholder time is used effectively and to ensure that scenarios and models reflect importantpractical market, technology, planning and social issues.
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