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Theme 3: Energy resilience

During these three meetings, we focused on energy resilience. Our expert witnesses will help us to explore research questions related to ‘How can Bioenergy (based on photosynthesis) be used as a deployable and sustainable energy source for off–grid situations’. Using photosynthesis and plants can underpin many, so called, bioenergy solutions, not just for biofuel production, but also for food production, waste reduction etc.

The first meeting in the series was on the 19th April and our three witnesses helped us to get an overview on off-grid situations and to explore existing approaches and possible challenges while using local resources. 

Our first witness Professor Sir Brian Heap, Scientific Advisor of the 'Smart Villages Initiative', Joined Dr Heinz Ossenbrink, Head of Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit, Institute for Energy and Transport,  European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy and Dr Muhammad Tayyab Safdar, Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies and a member of the Tutor Panel at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge.

In the second meeting of the series, on the 10th May, we explored 'how existing bio-energy technologies linked to photosynthesis can provide a sustainable or a rapidly-deployable solution'. 

Professor Christopher Howe, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge joined Edgar Blanco, R&D Manager at AnDigestion Ltd and Dr John A J Mullett, Director of SOWTech.

In the third meeting in the series, the three witnesses will bring a policy perspective to the discussion and help us to explore a circular photosynthesis concept.

Rob Mills (Head of European Energy Markets, Ofgem) will join Dr Rana Pant (Scientific Technical Project Officer in Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Footprint, Sustainability Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) and Dr Jeremy Woods (Imperial College London, co-director of ICEPT -Centre for Energy Policy and Technology and member of the Bioeconomy Platform of Climate-KIC)