Supergen Bioenergy Hub

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub works across academia, industry, government and societal stakeholders to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future.

Patricia Thornley is the Supergen Bioenergy Hub Director. 

The Hub's work programme covers the full chain of bioenergy, including research on:

Resources: Researching and developing the production and potential of different biomass and waste feedstocks. This explores options for the production of sufficient feedstock to support the UK bioenergy system without negatively impacting food production while maximising local environmental and global climate benefits. This Topic Group is led by Iain Donnison (Aberystwyth University).

Pre-treatment and conversion: Identifying preferred bioenergy pathways and developing new technologies and systems that support the hub's vision for UK bioenergy. This Topic Group is led by Jason Hallett (Imperial College London), Tony Bridgwater (Aston University) and Chris Hardacre (University of Manchester).

Vectors: Identifying and selecting appropriate energy vectors to determine how they fit within a wider biorefinery strategy to reduce carbon and reliance on fossil fuel, and to maximise national and regional resilience. This Topic Group is led by Marcelle McManus (University of Bath).

Systems: Assessing the role and sustainability of bioenergy on energy systems and related sectors, and its impact on the energy trilemma of affordability, resilience and carbon reduction. This Topic Group is led by Mirjam Röder (Aston University).

Core Management Group

Management of the Hub is undertaken by the Core Management Group (CMG), comprising representatives from each of the core academic institutions along with the Chair of the Hub's Advisory Group, the Chair of the SHARE network for early career researchers, and representatives from the funding institutions. 

CMG membership

Patricia Thornley, Aston University
Tony Bridgwater, Aston University
Mirjam Röder, Aston University
Katie Chong, Aston University
Iain Donnison, Aberystwyth University
Rebecca Rowe, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jason Hallett, Imperial College London
Chris Hardacre, University of Manchester
Andrew Welfle, University of Manchester
Marcelle McManus, University of Bath
Rob Holland, University of Southampton
Samira Garcia Freites, University of Manchester
Abdelrahman Zaky, University of Edinburgh
Scott Banks, Aston University

Secretary: Emma Wylde, Aston University
In attendance: Elizabeth Saunders, BBSRC
Roderick Westrop, BBSRC
Chris Manson-Whitton, Progressive Energy
Catriona Heaton, Aston University

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