Workshop: Opportunities and obstacles in utilising biofuels

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This workshop focuses on discussing the pathways to delivering a future of bio-derived fuels which contribute to our zero-carbon future.

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Combustion of bio-derived fuels could contribute to our zero-carbon future and bridging the energy transition to Net-Zero. However, are existing combustion technologies ready to adopt the new bio-derived fuels to deliver efficient, low-emission energy conversion systems in transport, in our home, and in foundation industries?

This workshop will discuss that question and more, focusing on the opportunities and challenges towards the efficient use of limited bio-resources in combustion technologies.

With speakers from experts at the Energy Institute and national and international industry partners, this workshop is an exciting space for delegates from academia and industry, as well as policy advisors and early career researchers (ECRs).

Follow-up event: ECR conference

We're also hosting a conference specifically for ECRs on Pathways to Net Zero, featuring talks from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the EPSRC, as well as the chance for you to contribute your own talk. Register for that conference here!

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Key topics:

- Direct combustion applications of bioderived gaseous/liquid fuels: such as biodiesel, (bio)ethanol, bio(syn)gas, DME, SAFs, H2, NH3, etc

- Fundamental study; Industrial applications- Soot/NOx emissions & other considerations- LCA/TEA modelling of the production(conversion)/applications of bioliquid/gaseous fuels, CCUS of combustion flue gas

Agenda:

Morning session

9:20 - 9:25 - Welcome

9:30 - 10:10 - Invited talks by:

- Professor Patricia Thornley - Director of Supergen Bioenergy Hub - Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University

- Professor Lenny Koh - University of Sheffield, Director of AREC and Energy Institute Director of International Development

- Dr Schuller Thierry, The Institute of Fluid Mechanics of Toulouse (IMFT), Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse - 'Hydrogen combustion and instabilities'

- Dr Agustin Valera Medina - Cardiff University - 'Ammonia as an Alternative Fuels'

10:10 - 10:40 -Q&A and panel discussion chaired by Prof Jon Gibbins, Dr Ruoyang Yuan.

Afternoon session

14:30 - 15:20 - Invited talks by:

- Dr Zaffie Cox, Portfolio Manager for Bioenergy - EPSRC - 'The funding strategy on decarbonisation'

- Dr Prem Lobo - National Research Council Canada - 'Emissions reductions with Sustainable Aviation Fuels'

- Dr Tushar Bera, Technology Centre Houston, Shell (US) - 'Low Carbon Fuels for a Net Zero Future: Decarbonising Power'

- Rob Ireso, Innovation and Partnerships Manager at Glass Futures Ltd - ‘Low carbon fuel developments for the glass sector’

- Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian - Director of the Translational Energy Research Centre and the Energy Institute

15:20 - 15:50 - Q&A and panel discussion chaired by Prof Bill Nimmo, Dr Ruoyang Yuan, plus concluding remarks.

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