Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Dr Paul Adams



Paul Adams is a Research Officer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the EPSRC’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub. He is assessing different bioenergy systems using life cycle assessment, and through the development of environmental/economic models. Paul also teaches on the Energy & Environment and Integrated Environmental Management courses.


Paul Adams is currently working on several environmental and economic assessment and modelling research projects within the Sustainable Energy Research Team (SERT). Specifically, he is leading two work packages within the Supergen Bioenergy Research hub. This is a research collaboration between several industrial and academic partners with the following aims:

  • Investigate and develop new approaches for dealing with the very significant engineering challenges associated with deployment of more novel bioenergy technologies
  • Improve scientific understanding of the fundamental aspects of different forms of biomass and its conversion
  • Adopt an interdisciplinary approach to look beyond the engineering and technical aspects of bioenergy and ensure adequate consideration of the impacts on ecosystems, social responses to technology deployment and the economic context of policy development.

Work at Bath focuses on taking a whole-systems perspective to comprehensively evaluate the potential of future bioenergy technology options. This includes performing life cycle assessment (LCA), techno-economic modelling, and ecosystem services appraisal.

The two work packages the University are leading are:

1.3 - Evaluation of Substitute Natural Gas (bio-SNG). This involves assessing different biological (e.g. Anaerobic Digestion) and thermochemical (e.g. Biomass Gasification) pathways to producing bio-SNG as a renewable energy alternative to natural gas. We are developing environmental and techno-economic models which assess different feedstock-technology options.

1.7 - Torrefaction Integrated Assessment. Torrefaction (meaning 'roasting' in French) is where biomass is made into a more homogeneous, consistent feedstock, addressing some issues associated with non-uniformity or variability of biomass feedstock. It also provides a material that mills well, incurs less losses/degradation during storage and transit and is hydrophobic, meaning it can be stored in the open. This project develops a 'whole-system' overview which assesses the economics, energy balances, emissions, and ecosystem impacts.



Horschig, T., Adams, P. W. R., Röder, M., Thornley, P. and Thrän, D., 2016. Reasonable potential for GHG savings by anaerobic biomethane in Germany and UK derived from economic and ecological analyses. Applied Energy, 184, pp. 840-852.

Styles, D., Börjesson, P., D’Hertefeldt, T., Birkhofer, K., Dauber, J., Adams, P., Patil, S., Pagella, T., Pettersson, L. B., Peck, P., Vaneeckhaute, C. and Rosenqvist, H., 2016. Climate regulation, energy provisioning and water purification:quantifying ecosystem service delivery of bioenergy willow grown on riparian buffer zones using life cycle assessment. Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment, 45 (8), pp. 872-884.

Lindegaard, K. N., Adams, P. W. R., Holley, M., Lamley, A., Henriksson, A., Larsson, S., von Engelbrechten, H. G., Esteban Lopez, G. and Pisarek, M., 2016. Short rotation plantations policy history in Europe:lessons from the past and recommendations for the future. Food and Energy Security, 5 (3), pp. 125-152.

McNamee, P., Adams, P. W. R., McManus, M. C., Dooley, B., Darvell, L. I., Williams, A. and Jones, J. M., 2016. An assessment of the torrefaction of North American pine and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Conversion and Management, 113, pp. 177-188.

Adams, P. and Lindegaard, K., 2016. A critical appraisal of the effectiveness of UK perennial energy crops policy since 1990. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 55, 188 - 202.

Adams, P. W. R., Mezzullo, W. G. and McManus, M. C., 2015. Biomass sustainability criteria:greenhouse gas accounting issues for biogas and biomethane facilities. Energy Policy, 87, pp. 95-109.

Adams, P. W. R., Shirley, J. E. J. and McManus, M. C., 2015. Comparative cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of wood pellet production with torrefaction. Applied Energy, 138, pp. 367-380.

Adams, P. W. R. and McManus, M. C., 2014. Small-scale biomass gasification CHP utilisation in industry:energy and environmental evaluation. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 6, pp. 129-140.

Adams, P. W., Hammond, G. P., McManus, M. C. and Mezzullo, W. G., 2011. Barriers to and drivers for UK bioenergy development. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15 (2), pp. 1217-1227.


Adams, P., Bows, A., Gilbert, P., Hammond, J., Howard, D., Lee, R., McNamarra, N., Thornley, P., Whittaker, C. and Whitaker, J., 2013. Understanding the greenhouse gas balances of bioenergy systems. Tyndall Centre of Climate Change Research, University of Manchester.


Adams, P., 2011. An assessment of UK bioenergy production, resource availability, biomass gasification and life cycle impacts. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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