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Imperial College London is the UK’s leading technical university, with research covering science, engineering, medicine and business. Imperial has recently established the Porter Institute (www.imperial.ac.uk/porterinstitute) to bring together all of its expertise related to bioenergy and biomaterials. Two of the key constituent research centres, CPSE and CEP, of the Porter Institute will be involved in this programme. The Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE), is an interdisciplinary Research Centre of excellence initiated in 1989, and situated on the Imperial College London South Kensington campus. The Centre is dedicated to carrying out interdisciplinary research in process systems engineering focusing on the development of methodologies for modeling, design, control and operations management of process, energy and supply chain systems (including bioenergy systems), taking an integrated approach. Imperial College Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP), Faculty of Natural Sciences, operates across the whole of Imperial College to bring together experts from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. CEP has developed an international reputation in the field of energy policy, especially in techno-economics, system and policy analysis. CEP’s Centre for Energy Policy & Technology (ICEPT) has strong expertise in technical, environmental and socio-economic aspects of different renewable energy sources. In particular, our expertise in biomass energy systems, sustainability analysis and bioenergy trade will be of key importance to the study in question.
Imperial will support the activities of biomass production, considering all the aspects associated with the biomass/bioenergy supply chain, including technical, economic, environmental and policy dimensions. The institute will develop models to optimise supply chain performance.
Professor Nilay Shah is a deputy director of CPSE. He has a Master’s degree (1988) and PhD (1992) in Chemical Engineering. He has co-authored over 100 technical papers on process and energy systems modelling, process development, supply chain modelling, process scheduling and optimisation, design of batch and biochemical processes, and plant safety assessment. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and received the Beilby Medal and Prize in 2005 (awarded jointly by the Society of Chemical Industry, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials) for contributions to research and practice in process systems engineering.
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