We live in a finite world with finite resources, Professor Tony Bridgwater reminds us. But there are three fundamental sources of renewable energy — the sun, the tides and heat from the earth itself. Biomass captures about three thousand EJ (exajoule) per year through photosynthesis; the future for biomass is wide open.
Tony Bridgwater is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Aston University , where he leads the Bioenergy Research Group (BERG). His current research interests are on the development of technologies for fast pyrolysis of biomass, and the production of biofuels and chemical products that can be derived from biomass and from the fast pyrolysis liquids. He is Technical Director of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Consortium supported by the EPSRC, and contributes to several EC sponsored research projects including Dibanet, Biosynergy, Bioenergy Network of Excellence, Bioliquids CHP and Bioref-Integ. He was awarded the European Johannes Linneborn Prize in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to developing energy from biomass, and the North American Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Science in 2009.