Bioenergy Technologies for a Net Zero Transition: outcomes of UK-India Bioenergy research scoping

Patricia Thornley, Bhavika Rathi, Arup Jyoti Borah, Basu Saha, Jessica Adams, Moonmoon Hiloidhari, Richard Blanchard, Richard Dinsdale, Sanjay Nagarajan, Santosh Kumar, Seetharaman Vaidyanathan, Shaishav Sharma, Shivali Sahota, Shyam Kumar Masakapalli

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Abstract

This research prospectus has been prepared in response to a request from UKRI/UKRI India. The Supergen Bioenergy Hub were commissioned to liaise with researchers in the UK and India to identify key areas where the two countries shared bioenergy research interests and collaboration could be mutually beneficial. In light of prevailing international travel restrictions all research reviews and engagement activity were carried out online. This was done via an inaugural online meeting to introduce the activity on 14 February 2022, discuss scope and agree priority themes for further investigation. These transpired to be:
1. Rice and other agricultural residues
2. Waste and circular economy
3. Algal biofuels and biochemicals
4. Anaerobic digestion
5. Fermentation
6. Gasification
7. Biorefinery and chemicals
Two “deep-dive” workshops where participants were able to identify in detail the key research challenges and issues for different research topics on 11 March 2022 and 17 March, 2022. Participants from academia, policy and industry sectors of both UK and India attended the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to identify research gaps and scope for future collaboration in bioenergy research, in line with the aspirations of COP26 and net zero transition. Between these engagement events, work was carried out to review the status in each country and summarize key challenges and opportunities by a wide range of technical experts. In addition, updates were provided to funders of progress and key findings. This report represents our final synthesis of the various representations made by different researchers during the meeting. It includes some discussion of participants’ perceptions of opportunities for future work together and experience of effective research mechanisms and enablers. This report synthesizes the main information compiled for each of the 7 prioritized challenge areas above and adds reported experience and reflections by participants on effective collaboration
mechanisms and methods within this subject and geographical context. Where possible we have given examples provided by participants of projects, activities or developments that exemplify wider discussion themes. These should not be interpreted as prioritization or endorsement of projects/examples; rather as specific examples that help enhance understanding of wider issues.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSupergen Bioenergy Hub
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2022

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