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Supergen Bioenergy Hub — Webinar: Explore the role of catalysis in delivering sustainable bioenergy and bioproducts

The UK Catalysis Hub and Supergen Bioenergy hub are hosting their first joint webinar to explore the role of catalysis in delivering sustainable bioenergy and bioproducts, through efficient biomass conversions. The development of the UK bioenergy sector requires a whole systems approach, assessing the efficiency and sustainability of bioenergy processes in line with the availability of resources and the wider energy systems. Biorefineries are reliant on the ability of catalytic technologies that can convert a range of biomass feedstocks and waste resources to power, heat, liquid and gaseous fuels as well as value-added chemicals. Therefore, development of both the catalysts and the technologies could result in significant advances in the attainment of a sustainable bioenergy economy and industry.

This webinar will include presentations from researchers from both Hubs on the areas of catalytic conversion technologies, pre-treatment of biomass, through to CO2 conversion, solar fuel cells and waste valorisation. The event will be comprised of two sessions of presentations followed by time dedicated to discuss and identify potential opportunities for cross-hub engagement and collaboration between researchers. With the continued growth in both catalytic technologies and bioenergy, this webinar will be a great opportunity to explore the exciting work being conducted in both Hubs.

Webinar schedule:

10:00 Introduction and overview of the UK Catalysis Hub and Supergen Bioenergy Hub Professor Chris Hardacre (UK Catalysis Hub/Manchester) & Professor Patricia Thornley (Bioenergy/Aston)

Session 1: Chair: Chris Hardacre – (15 min presentations with 5 mins questions)

  • 10:20 Liquid Sunshine – making high energy density fuels – Professor Mike Bowker (Cardiff)
  • 10:40 Overview of resources and land use within Supergen – Dr Muhammad Naveed Arshad (Aberystwyth)
  • 11:00 The Circular Economy and the upscaling of Polymer Waste to Chemicals – Professor Arthur Garforth (Manchester)
  • 11:20 Catalyst Design and Process Optimisation for Sustainable Production of Biofuels – Dr Haresh Manyar (QUB)
  • 11:40 Session 1 Discussion (20 mins)

12:00 Lunch Break

Session 2: Chair: Dr Katie Chong (Aston) – (15 min presentations with 5 mins questions)

  • 12:50 Pretreatment of biomass for conversion technologies in Supergen – Professor Jason Hallet (Imperial)
  • 13:10 Cavitation pre-treatment for enhanced biogas generation – Dr Sanjay Nagarajan (QUB)
  • 13:30 Pyrolysis conversion technologies within Supergen – Dr Scott Banks (Aston)
  • 13:50 Solar fuels cells and hydrogen – Professor John Irvine (St Andrews)
  • 14:10 Overview of systems and vectors within Supergen – Dr Andrew Welfle (Manchester)
  • 14:30 Session 2 Discussion (30 mins)

15:00 Meeting end

By 27 July 2020

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