European Bioenergy Research Institute
Anthony Bridgwater is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Aston University in Birmingham UK. He has worked at Aston University for most of his professional career and is currently director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute. He has a world-wide research portfolio focussing on fast pyrolysis as a key technology in thermal biomass conversion for power, heat, biofuels and biorefineries. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy. He was technical Director of the UK Flagship SUPERGEN Bioenergy programmes for 8½ years until the end of 2011. In addition he has led and coordinated nine major EC research and development projects in bioenergy and has an active current involvement in six further research and development projects. He has attracted funding from national research funding councils in Canada, Holland, Norway and the USA. He has been responsible for raising over £28 million during his research career. He formed and led the IEA Bioenergy Pyrolysis Task – PyNe from 1994 to 2008 with parallel European networks on pyrolysis, gasification and combustion which included the EC sponsored ThermoNet and ThermalNet networks. He was awarded the following: • The European Johannes Linneborn Prize in 2007 for “Outstanding contributions to bioenergy.” • The North American Don Klass Award in September 2009 for “Excellence in Thermochemical Biomass Conversion.” • The Aston University Chancellor’s medal in July 2010 for “outstanding service to the University.” • Green Leader in the West Midlands in 2011 in recognition of individuals who are having a positive environmental impact in helping the West Midlands achieve its vision for a low carbon economy. • UK Environmental Capital Peterborough Clean Energy Award in 2012 to recognise outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and promotion of clean energy technologies.
Thermal conversion of biomass for production of fuels and chemicals , Second generation biofuel technologies.