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Public Lecture: Biofuels: where do we go from here? Faculty of Engineering & Science

Event Name Public Lecture: Biofuels: where do we go from here?
Start Date 23rd Jan 2013 6:30pm
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Presented by Professor Pat Harvey

Since the 1970s, there has been a resurgence of global interest in exploiting energy-rich, renewable bioresources and replacing fossil-oil-based bulk chemicals. Energy supply security, oil-price volatility and climate change mitigation have driven increased investment in advanced biotechnologies to develop bio-based products and liquid biofuels. We expect the first commercial lignocellulosic ethanol plant in operation in the US this year.

In Europe, the European Commission seeks to “support the shift towards a low-carbon economy, increase the use of renewable energy sources, modernise our transport sector and promote energy efficiency”. It has set out mandatory targets to achieve these goals.

This lecture will examine whether there is a pathway to a more sustainable future using biofuels. It will focus on decentralised bioenergy production by combined heat and power systems, introduce the concept of biorefineries, and ask whether algal glycerol might become the fuel of the future.

To register:

Telephone: 020 8331 9800
E-mail: science-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk