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PhD Studentship - Large Scale Bioenergy & BECCS Net Negative Emission Strategies & the Potential Role of Waste & Residue Feedstocks

The University of Manchester

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th February 2019
Closes: 24th March 2019


Dr. Andrew Welfle (Tyndall Centre Manchester)

Dr. Clair Gough (Tyndall Centre Manchester)

Dr. Amanda Lea-Langton (Tyndall Centre Manchester)  


PhD in Environmental Engineering

Area(s) of expertise

  • Engines and emissions
  • Industry 4.0



More than 85% of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) scenarios for achieving the emissions targets of the ‘Paris Agreement’ are reliant on net negative emissions in the second half of this century. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is currently expected to be the primary technology for achieving these net negative emissions. However, BECCS technologies are not commercially established and there remain many uncertainties about the potential viability and efficacy of the approach. With so much reliance placed on the development and deployment of BECCS technologies to curb emissions to meet the Paris Agreement targets, and ultimately prevent dangerous climate change, this is a highly topical and rich area of research.

Project Scope:

The widespread sourcing of forest-based biomass feedstocks is now a well-established pathway for large scale bioenergy generation in the UK. However, any large scale deployment of BECCS technologies will mean that further feedstocks will be required at a correspondingly large scale. It is essential that these feedstocks are sourced sustainably and that, ultimately, the BECCS pathways deliver net negative emissions.

This work will be carried out within the Tyndall Centre and as part of the UK Supergen Bioenergy Hub, who each have established links with the UK energy sector and industrial partners - where there is growing focus to develop and test BECCS technologies, and interest in exploring the potential of growing biomass feedstock supply chains based on UK and international wastes and residues.

This project will focus on analysing the potential for developing large scale BECCS in the UK, based on waste and residue biomass feedstocks, such as those generated by agricultural or industrial sectors. Key research themes will include: i) mapping biomass resource availability; ii) developing feedstock supply chain & BECCS technology deployment scenarios; iii) analysing the bioenergy potential for large scale BECCS deployment in the UK, iv) evaluating the levels of net negative emissions that may be achieved, and v) identifying the potential challenges & opportunities of large scale deployment of BECCS.  

Skills required

Entry requirements can be found by selecting the relevant PhD programme at this link:

In order to complete the research, candidates will ideally have or develop during PhD:

Climate change; energy systems; bioenergy; life cycle assessment; GIS; environmental societal & technical assessments; technical understanding of BECCS.

Industrial Links

Funding is offered through The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering for one PhD studentship to start in July 2019. The duration of the studentship is for 3 years and will cover both Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend to cover living costs at the RCUK-standard rate.

Further information about how to apply can be found at:

General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to:

Martin Lockey, Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator (E-mail:, Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345)

Contact for project specific enquiries:

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