Bioenergy: generating new replacement fuels for a greener, sustainable future


Bioenergy is a renewable form of energy generated from materials derived from biological sources. Bioenergy is increasingly being recognised as having an important role in helping the UK to maintain its energy security in the context of diminishing worldwide stocks of fossil fuels. Moreover, increasing the deployment of bioenergy within the UK will also play an important part in helping the UK to achieve its ambitious targets for reductions in green-house gas emissions, as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008. Replacement liquid transportation fuels will have a particularly important role to play in achieving these aims.

BBSRC's interests are focussed on supporting research projects that aim to develop liquid transportation fuels, biogases and biologically generated electricity derived from a wide range of different biological feedstocks including: algae, crop wastes, food and municipal waste, animal wastes and perennial biomass.


BBSRC wishes to encourage research applications that:

In all cases research applications must be targeted towards sustainable, advanced biofuels ("second-generation" and beyond). BBSRC does not wish to support research in the area of biomass combustion or combustion technologies.

Research projects that use multidisciplinary approaches to integrate biology with other disciplines including chemistry, engineering and mathematics are particularly encouraged.

Further reading

A document that sets out BBSRC's position on bioenergy research is available (see downloads).