UKERC announces second round of Research Fund projects

26 Jul 2016

UKERC is delighted to announce that four new projects have been successful in their bids for funding in the second round of the UKERC Research Fund.

Two of the projects are based at the University of Manchester, the others at Aberdeen and Leeds.

In addition, UKERC has also commissioned a scoping paper on the impact of non-energy policies on energy systems. This will be led by Professor Jan Selby at the University of Sussex, and will inform our future research priorities.

Professor Jim Watson, Director of UKERC, comments: ‘These new projects will significantly increase understanding of some critical components of energy transitions in the UK and abroad. This includes assessing the scope for faster emissions reductions from road transport; carrying out some much needed quantitative analysis of community energy financing; and the assessment of the potential for (and limits of) a leading negative emissions technology: biomass with carbon capture and storage.’

Full details of the projects are as follows

  • Assessing potential, feasibility and impacts of Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) in the UK. Led by Professor Pete Smith (University of Aberdeen)
  • Financing community energy: lessons learned and future innovations to deliver a low-carbon future. Led by Dr Carly McLachlan (University of Manchester)
  • Accelerating decreases in van carbon emissions. Led by Dr Tony Whiteing (University of Leeds)
  • Rapid acceleration of car emission reductions. Led by Professor Kevin Anderson (University of Manchester)