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Reference Number EP/L014912/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy
Status Started
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 5%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 35%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr JM Jones
No email address given
Energy Resources Research Unit
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2014
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £4,413,681
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr JM Jones , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor C Rayner , Sch of Chemistry, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor M Pourkashanian , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor P Williams , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr TJ Foxon , School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor W F Gale , Process, Environmental and Material Eng, University of Leeds (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Rothamsted Research (0.000%)
Project Contact , Drax Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Xi'an Jiaotong University, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Buro Happold Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Manchester (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aberystwyth University (0.000%)
Project Contact , BOC Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wageningen University, The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Argonne National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Leeds City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forestry Commission GB (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dalkia (0.000%)
Project Contact , E.ON New Build and Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Eggborough Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Non-Food Crops Centre NNFCC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aarhus University, Denmark (0.000%)
Project Contact , North Energy Associates (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lund University, Sweden (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ricardo AEA Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rotawave Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Compact GTL (0.000%)
Project Contact , ECN (Energy research Centre of The Netherlands), The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Harper Adams University (0.000%)
Project Contact , Advanced Fuel Research, Inc., USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Arigna Fuels, Ireland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Ltd (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , CO2Sense (0.000%)
Project Contact , Centre for Low Carbon Futures (0.000%)
Project Contact , PX Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Keracol Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , RSPB (0.000%)
Project Contact , Instituto de Carboquímica (ICB), CSIC, Spain (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Haider Green (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Finnish Environment Institute, Finland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Torftech Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Murcia, Spain (0.000%)
Project Contact , Visva-Bharati University, India (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract This world-leading Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy will focus on delivering the people to realise the potential of biomass to provide secure, affordable and sustainable low carbon energy in the UK and internationally. Sustainably-sourced bioenergy has the potential to make a major contribution to low carbon pathways in the UK and globally, contributing to the UK's goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and the international mitigation target of a maximum 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. Bioenergy can make a significant contribution to all three energy sectors: electricity, heat and transport, but faces challenges concerning technical performance, cost effectiveness, ensuring that it is sustainably produced and does not adversely impact food security and biodiversity. Bioenergy can also contribute to social and economic development in developing countries, by providing access to modern energy services and creating job opportunities both directly and in the broader economy. Many of the challenges associated with realising the potential of bioenergy have engineering and physical sciences at their core, but transcend traditional discipline boundaries within and beyond engineering. This requires an effective whole systems research training response and given the depth and breadth of the bioenergy challenge, only a CDT will deliver the necessary level of integration. Thus, the graduates from the CDT in Bioenergy will be equipped with the tools and skills to make intelligent and informed, responsible choices about the implementation of bioenergy, and the growing range of social and economic concerns.There is projected to be a large absorptive capacity for trained individuals in bioenergy, far exceeding current supply. A recent report concerning UK job creation in bioenergy sectors concluded that there "may be somewhere in the region of 35-50,000 UK jobs in bioenergy by 2020" (NNFCC report for DECC, 2012). This concerned job creation in electricity production, heat, and anaerobic digestion (AD) applications of biomass. The majority of jobs are expected to be technical, primarily in the engineering and construction sectors during the building and operation of new bioenergy facilities. To help develop and realise the potential of this sector, the CDT will build strategically on our research foundation to deliver world-class doctoral training, based around key areas: (1) Feedstocks, pre-processing and safety; (2) Conversion; (3) Utilisation, emissions and impact; (4) Sustainability and Whole systems. Theme 1 will link feedstocks to conversion options, and Themes 2 and 3 include the core underpinning science and engineering research, together with innovation and application. Theme 4 will underpin this with a thorough understanding of the whole energy system including sustainability, social, economic public and political issues, drawing on world-leading research centres at Leeds. The unique training provision proposed, together with the multidisciplinary supervisory team will ensure that students are equipped to become future leaders, and responsible innovators in the bioenergy sector.
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