Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Room: 8E 2.8

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384048

Mob: 07815 152594

Email: P.W.R.Adams@bath.ac.uk

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Dr Paul Adams

BSc(Hons) ACA IEMA PhD

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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.

Research

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.

Publications

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