Research Areas

Useful Links









Some links for webpages in the areas of interest to the Carbolea research group are presented below:

University of Limerick

Charles Parsons Initiative - This group consolidates the work and expertise of several UL-based research centres focussed on sustainable forms of energy.

Limerick Clare Energy Agency - The agency exists to provide energy efficiency solutions to organisations seeking sustainable operation and development. The agency will have a wide remit, to provide energy services to all economic sectors in the region.

Irish Pages

Department of Agriculture - Responsible for funding the Carbolea project concerning the evaluation of biorefineries and second generation biofuels based on the products of the Irish agricultural sector.

Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority. A national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. Carbolea researchers have strong links with the Johnstown Castle Research Centre, this Teagasc centre provides agri-environment research information with a particular focus on soils.

Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network - This Dept. of Environment funded research project aims to develop policies which will enable the Irish land mass to become a carbon sink rather than a source of greenhouse emissions. Corinna Byrne of Carbolea , is the co-ordinator/lead researcher and the project is being ran by Feasta,  the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability.

Websites from Other Countries

DIBANET Partners

EMBRAPA Soils -Embrapa Soils (EM), located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is involved in the analysis of biochars in close collaboration with UL. EM has vast experience in tropical soils, C sequestration and agricultural use of pyrolysis residues studies, of particular importance for assessing the sustainability of biorefinery feedstock supply cycles in tropical conditions, residues destination and improvement of soil fertility and sustainability.

CTC - CTC is Brazil's leading private research and technology organisation and is involved in all areas of sugarcane production and utilisation.

FOSS Analytical - The company, based in Denmark, is currently the world’s leading provider of analytical instruments and has been providing analytical solution to the biofuel industry for decades. It is devoted to further improvements and new developments in this area, both for current biofuel production as well as for future production processes.

Aston University - Aston University's Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) is a strong player in the field of fast pyrolysis.

CERTH - DIBANET will use the laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons (LEFH) at the Center for Research and Technology–Hellas (CERTH) in Greece. This laboratory has extensive pyrolysis and catalytic pyrolysis pilot facilities.

Geonardo - Geonardo is an energy and environmental technology firm and a technical consulting service specialising in biomass and biofuel resources management. Its core strengths lie in establishing networks between stakeholders (e.g. the "Biofuel Marketplace").

UFRJ - The Nucleus of Catalysis (NUCAT) group of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is a centre of excellence for the development of basic and applied research in catalysis.

University of Buenos Aires - The Laboratory of Catalytic Process (LPC) at UBA (Argentina) is involved in: kinetics studies; design, modelling and optimization of catalytic reactors; synthesis and catalyst characterization and computational catalysis.

UNICAMP - The Theoretical and Applied Chemometrics Laboratory in the University of Campinas (Brazil) is involved in DIBANET in the analysis of Latin American biomass feedstocks.

Repsol YPF - Repsol YPF is an international integrated oil and gas company. The Argentinian branch in involved in DIBANET and will analyse the fuels produced and help to commercialise the outputs of the research.

Fundacion Chile - Fundación Chile is a non-profit institution focussed on research activities that lead to innovations and the development of knowledge in the Chilean economy's key clusters in alliance with local and global knowledge networks.

Other Websites

National Renewable Energy Laboratory - This facility, based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, has been responsible for some highly pioneering biomass research. Their biomass feedstock composition database is particularly uiseful but mainly covers products of the American agricultural sector.

International Biochar Initiative - A group responsible for developing the research and understanding of biochar. Prof. Michael H. B. Hayes is an executive member.

BSES - An organisation owned by Australian sugarcane growers and millers. Carbolea member Daniel Hayes has worked with this group in the past concerning the rapid chemical characterisation of sugarcane bagasse (the solid residue that remains after sugar has been extracted from the cane) via near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

Biochar info site - Biochar data and discourses from Biochar Project.







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