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EPSRC Bioenergy CDT Host Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC)

Gasifier and student Makerere Uni in UgandaOn 13th-14th September the EPSRC Bioenergy CDT hosted a visit of Wim Getkate from the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) based in Kampala, Uganda. This was to kick-off a major 5 year collaboration between Leeds; CREEC; Makerere University Kampala; Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Tanzania; and Universite Marien NGouabi, Congo Brazzaville researching low carbon technologies in an African context.

The project is funded by the Royal Society and DfiD (£1.2m). Prof Jon Lovett and Dr Andy Ross are leading the project, with Prof Jenny Jones, Dr Rolf Crook, Dr Hu Li, Dr Valerie Dupont involved. Research will include work on solar thermochemical conversion of biomass, and opportunities for energy generation from biomass slurries. Three African PhD students (one at each organisation) will be funded by the project. Three EPSRC Bioenergy CDT students will be recruited to complementary projects, these students will act as links for the African students, and this will involve a programme of exchanges.

The first visit of the African students to Leeds is being arranged for January 2017. This work is key to our Global Challenges strategy going forward and the African staff involved will also be attending the proposed Global Challenges Pump-prime workshop led by Dr Valerie Dupont on 1st-3rd February 2017.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact James McKay, CDT Manager.