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Bioenergy research at Southampton brings together civil engineers, bioscientists, process and chemical engineers, and the National Oceanography Centre, representing a wide range of expertise to provide fundamental and applied science solutions to bioenergy problems.

 The group is internationally recognised for its work on the genetics of lignocellulosics feedstocks, particularly using the latest genomic and post-genomic technologies to develop improved woody second generation crops.

We have a long track record in anaerobic digestion, both as a means of stabilising wastes and for production of renewable energy from agricultural crops and residues.

We are also leading on sustainability research including impacts of second generation crops on the environment and ecosystem services and life cycle analysis approaches to assess the carbon costs of bioenergy chains.

For example, our 'EuroChar: Development of technologies for long-term carbon sequestration' research project.
In the context of climate change, it is becoming essential to develop technologies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. These ‘geoengineering technologies' include the production of Biochar from plant biomass as a bi-product from bioenergy production systems. The principal goal of EuroChar is to investigate the carbon sequestration potential of this biochar... Read more

Anaerobic digestion is both a means of stabilising wastes and producing renewable energy from agricultural crops and residues
Anerobic digestion at work

Our research on bioalgae has brought together a wide group from across the university where we are developing expertise for carbon sequestration and biofuels from algal systems.

Phytoplankton Ecophysiology at the University of Southampton...

... is located in the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton where our research focuses on the role of phytoplankton in sustainable energy solutions; biogeochemical cycles; and climate.

Meet the Team

Gail Taylor and student
second generation’ bioenergy crops

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