Professor Patricia Thornley BSc DPhil MinstP, Director of the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University
Bioenergy is arguably the oldest form of energy provision known to man and yet, in recent years it has also become one of the most controversial and contested forms of energy provision. Doubts have been cast on the ability of bioenergy systems to actually deliver real carbon reductions and concerns raised about wider impacts, including land-use and food-fuel tensions.
In this seminar Patricia Thornley will introduce the current status of UK bioenergy, discussing the available feedstocks, conversion technologies and relevant demand sectors. She will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different bioenergy systems over their life-cycle and compare those to plausible alternatives.
These insights will be used to explore a potential vision for the future of UK bioenergy and what research and innovation needs must be addressed to make that vision a reality.
Professor Patricia Thornley is Director of the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University. She is a chartered physicist with over 25 years’ experience working on bioenergy energy projects in industry and academia, including several commercial biomass and waste plants. Her main research interests are in the sustainability (including greenhouse gas balances) of energy systems and alternative fuels, including policy mechanisms to incentivize deployment. She has been director of the UK’s SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub (www.supergen-bioenergy.net) since 2012, which brings together academia, industry and other stakeholders to focus on sustainable bioenergy and biofuel development and is editor-in-chief of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy.
Date: Tues 13 April 2021
Time: 16:30 – 17:45
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