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Peterborough has a long-standing commitment to environmental leadership as the UK Environment Capital. On behalf of the Peterborough City Council, Cranfield University is pleased to announce the first ever Peterborough Clean Energy Award. The event will honour this very first recipient, Professor Tony Bridgwater, arguably one of the most distinguished researchers in bioenergy in the UK today. The presentation of the award will be conveyed by the Mayor and Councilors of Peterborough and followed by a speech by Professor Tony Bridgwater on Second Generation Biofuels.
Introduction to the Award
The Peterborough Clean Energy Award is designed to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and promotion of clean energy technologies. The winner is chosen in collaboration with Peterborough City Council and Cranfield University.
Recipient for 2012 – Professor Tony Bridgwater
Professor Bridgwater has been pioneering the development of the second generation biofuel technologies for over 30 years. Second generation biofuels are produced from wastes and non-food crops. Such technology is more advanced than the current biofuel production using food and energy crops. Professor Bridgwater’s research was extremely forward thinking at that time when there was little concern about fossil fuels.
Professor Bridgwater’s name has been closely attached to “Fast Pyrolysis”, a novel technology to transform biomass to liquid through thermochemical conversion. It is one of the most topic research areas at the moment for second generation biofuels. Professor Bridgwater almost single-handedly drove the fast pyrolysis research in the UK for last 30 years, and brought together the research efforts in Europe. Because of his work, the UK is widely regarded as the research leader in this field globally. His papers have been cited tens of thousands time and his name is well known in the global bioenergy community. The last decade has witnessed a phenomenal growth for fast pyrolysis research. To date, many of the researchers around the world have been trained or connected to his research group. He has been the Manager of UK Flagship SUPERGEN Bioenergy programmes for 8 years and instrumental for the Carbon Trust “Pyrolysis Challenge” programme. He has won over £20 million research grants, which set up the foundation for the European BioEnergy Institute in Aston University.
Benefits of Attending
* To learn more about the latest green technologies.
* An opportunity to ask your questions about green technologies and sustainability direct to the experts.
* An excellent social and networking event for people in and outside Peterborough.
Registration for this event is free: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/soe/departments/ope/oena/peterborough-clean-energy-award.html