Increasing demand for energy remains globally unsustainable with decreasing fossil fuel supplies, rising prices and green house gas emissions. There has been a growing worldwide interest in alternative clean energy sources including biofuels to limit climate change and promote sustainable development. Biofuels may improve energy security, but production of biofuels (bioethanol) has a significant impact on the food industry, and the conversion of forests, wetlands and grasslands to 1st generation energy crops creates a new range of socio-economic and environmental issues.
This project studies the potential for second generation biofuels including agricultural by-products like straw, forest residues and industrial and municipal waste
In collaboration and partnership with the University of St Andrews and Queen’s University, Belfast