Could plants, human waste and food leftovers fuel our future?
Our biochemists, geographers, civil and chemical and mechanical engineers are showing that they have a role to play. Our research addresses the full fuel spectrum, from the production techniques and composition of the fuels themselves to the optimisation of engines to run on them and the effect their emissions have on human health and the environment.
We are working with the water industry to look at anaerobic digestion for processing waste and producing hydrogen and methane, and the roles of nutrients and novel strains of bacteria in the process. This encompasses bioremediation and the recovery of precious metals and phosphorous. We have a large strand of work in supercritical fluids and thermal processing, to produce hydrogen from waste, destroy liquid waste and produce synthetic gas and dimethylfuran (DMF) as potential high energy biofuels. This work is being carried out in conjunction with the Future Engines, Future Fuels lab, which looks at the behaviour of fuels in engines and the emissions they produce.
Dr Bushra al-Duri