Free bioenergy tool launching at Aston University to accelerate bioenergy production in Global SouthJune 28, 20212 min read
• Aston University team of bioenergy researchers set to launch free tool to calculate energy potential
• The launch event on 1 July will allow participants to use the tool for themselves and is focused on bioenergy development in the Global South
• The tool can calculate bioenergy output from waste materials including straw, nutshells and manure
A simple tool which allows users to easily calculate how much bioenergy they can produce from biomass is being launched this week by researchers from the Energy and Biproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University.
The easy-to-use tool, called the Bioenergy Mass-Energy Balance Model, allows the user to experiment virtually with different biomass materials in several industrial processes including cement production, tea production and food processing to understand the potential implementation.
Developed with the focus on bioenergy development in the Global South, users can simply and easily calculate how much heat or electricity they can produce from the biomass.
The EBRI team based at Aston University who developed the tool will be launching the model and summarising their methodologies at an online event on Thursday 1 July.
Dr Katie Chong, lecturer in chemical engineering, who led the development team said they were looking forward to the launch.
“This tool will be available to everyone for free and has been built in Excel to make it accessible for all. We wanted to keep it as simple as possible and we really think it will make a difference, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa,” she said.
Mirjam Röder, associate professorial research fellow at EBRI, added: “The launch event will be a chance for us to introduce the Mass-Energy Balance Model, summarise the methodologies and give participants the opportunity to use the model and generate their own results in our guided walk-through during the workshop.”
The tool was developed as part of a larger two-year research programme by the team at Aston University who are a core member of the consortium implementing the Bioenergy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA). Aston University partnered with NIRAS-LTS, E4Tech and AIGUASOL.
The project was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as part of the Transforming Energy Access programme.
To sign up for the free event which runs from 9.30am until 11.30am on Thursday 1 July, visit this link.
For more details about the world-leading research taking place at EBRI, click here.
Dr Katie Chong Senior Lecturer in CEAC/EBRI
Dr Chong has a particular interest in the thermochemical conversion of biomass and wastes, and techno-economic evaluation.
Dr Mirjam Röder Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Dr Röder's research interests focus on bioenergy and related sustainability implications.