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Bioenergy calculation tool launched by UK researchers

A simple tool that allows users to calculate how much bioenergy they can produce from biomass is being launched by UK researchers.

The easy-to-use tool - Bioenergy Mass-Energy Balance Model - developed by researchers from the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University 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 a focus on bioenergy development in the Global South, users can simply and easily calculate how much heat or electricity they can produce from biomass.

The EBRI team based at Aston University who developed the tool will launch the model and summarise their methodologies at a virtual event on 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,” said Chong. “We wanted to keep it as simple as possible and we really think it will make a difference, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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. Aston University partnered with NIRAS-LTS, E4Tech and AIGUASOL.

“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,” added Mirjam Roder, associate professional research fellow at EBRI.

The project was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as part of the Transforming Energy Access programme.

To sign-up for the free launch event, visit: eventbrite.co.uk/e/mass-energy-balance-model-demonstration-workshop-tickets-158891955115




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