Biomass is a renewable energy source derived from plants and waste materials, which can be used to generate electricity, heat and transport fuels. A very wide range of materials are suitable and such bioenergy resources have been identified as a key element in UK energy policies to develop a low carbon economy. The 22nd report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution first identified the significant contribution of bioenergy towards achieving a 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Using bioenergy resources effectively will be important in tackling environmental problems such as climate change.
As a whole TSEC-BIOSYS, which is part of the EPSRC- , NERC- and ESRC-funded £28 million “Towards a Sustainable Energy Economy” programme, will investigate: the potential role of bioenergy in satisfying UK demand for heat, power and transport energy; the potential contribution of bioenergy to UK Government energy and environmental objectives; and the economic, environmental, and social implications of the large-scale development of bioenergy in the UK.
The CES research team is led by Dr Lucia Elghali, and is leading one of the four research themes in the project concerned with the development of a framework to assess the sustainability of possible bioenergy schemes by examining their environmental, economic and social implications. The project will continue through to 2009.
Stuart Miller | alfa
Despite government claims, orangutan populations have not increased. Call for better monitoring
06.11.2018 | Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Increasing frequency of ocean storms could alter kelp forest ecosystems
30.10.2018 | University of Virginia
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving "magnetic reconnection"--the process by which sparse particles and energy around Earth collide producing a quick but mighty explosion--in the Earth's magnetotail, the magnetic environment that trails behind the planet.
Magnetic reconnection has remained a bit of a mystery to scientists. They know it exists and have documented the effects that the energy explosions can...
Biochips have been developed at TU Wien (Vienna), on which tissue can be produced and examined. This allows supplying the tissue with different substances in a very controlled way.
Cultivating human cells in the Petri dish is not a big challenge today. Producing artificial tissue, however, permeated by fine blood vessels, is a much more...
Faster and secure data communication: This is the goal of a new joint project involving physicists from the University of Würzburg. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds the project with 14.8 million euro.
In our digital world data security and secure communication are becoming more and more important. Quantum communication is a promising approach to achieve...
On Saturday, 10 November 2018, the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport of Bremerhaven, bound for Cape Town, South Africa.
When choosing materials to make something, trade-offs need to be made between a host of properties, such as thickness, stiffness and weight. Depending on the application in question, finding just the right balance is the difference between success and failure
Now, a team of Penn Engineers has demonstrated a new material they call "nanocardboard," an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square...
09.11.2018 | Event News
06.11.2018 | Event News
23.10.2018 | Event News
16.11.2018 | Health and Medicine
16.11.2018 | Life Sciences
16.11.2018 | Life Sciences