E4tech Director Prof. David Hart will give the closing plenary of the 4th European PEFC & H2 Forum on Friday 5 July, addressing the question ‘If hydrogen is such a great solution, why is it taking so long?’. In his presentation David will explore technical, economic, social, and geopolitical reasons why a possible ‘hydrogen solution' to many of the problems we face today is not being promoted more enthusiastically, ending with some thoughts on how that might change.

Between the 16th and 19th of January, E4tech's Ausilio Bauen will join world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, intellectuals and experts at the World Future Energy Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi. Ausilio will moderate the 'Bioenergy: Biomass for Power Generation' panel of the Technology & Innovation Forum. Demand for biomass for power stations is growing globally, in particular in Europe and the US. International trade in a range of biomass feedstocks is growing. Sustainability certification is increasingly required for feedstocks.

E4tech’s report on the UK’s renewable transport fuel goals was selected by Biofuels Digest as one of five biofuels reports “worth getting now”. “Development of illustrative scenarios describing the quantity of different types of bioenergy potentially available to the UK transport sector in 2020, 2030 and 2050” was compiled for UK Department for Transport and was suggested by Biofuels Digest for those serving the UK market, or developing projects in the EU. It is available for free from here.

All of us at E4tech wish you all the happiness this season can bring. We look forward to a successful 2012! ***Because the season of goodwill has arrived and sustainability comes in many forms, we continue to make donations in lieu of sending paper cards. This year our three chosen charities are Oxfam, SolarAid and Friends of India.***

Recent E4tech work for UK Department for Transport (DfT) shows that EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability thresholds could constrict availability of biodiesel by 2020. Beyond then, overcoming market barriers and freeing up land areas globally could dramatically increase the availability of energy crops for lignocellulosic biofuels. This is despite increasing global competition for bioenergy in the heat, power and industry sectors. E4tech’s work assessed potential bioenergy uptake scenarios in the UK transport sector to 2050.

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