Tyndall Centre Manchester has worked on the environmental and social assessment of bioenergy since 2003. The environmental and social consequences of bioenergy and biofuels vary substantially by feedstock type, conversion technology and end-use
Nuclear power currently supplies ~3% of total UK energy consumption (18% of UK electricity consumption). Tyndall Manchester engaged with an ESRC and EPSRC funded project assessing the sustainability of nuclear power (SPRIng).
The UK has one of the World’s best marine environments for energy extraction. Offshore wind, wave & tidal energy and biomass production are all technically viable options in UK waters.
Tyndall Manchester’s energy research portfolio has explicitly emphasised that transport is as important to research in relation to climate change as electricity and heat.
Agriculture is the basis of all societies. It provides food products for humans and animals, and resources for many other manufacturing sectors. Climate change is a huge challenge for agriculture.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) offers the possibility of capturing up to 90% of the CO2 emitted when coal is burnt in a power station. The world has abundant coal reserves, which will be used for energy as countries develop their economies.
Energy demand is the driver of the whole energy system, and research in this sector concerns not only the amount of energy used, but also the type of energy source and the different ways it is utilized.