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DEI Online Seminar SeriesCan we fly with biodiesel?

27th May 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Online via Zoom, Dr John Bothwell

Before the lockdown, around half of our energy use in the UK went on transport, with a disproportionate amount of our energy use and carbon budgets being spent on air travel. Flight remains one of the few things that's hard to power using renewable sources, with biodiesel being one of the more promising short- to medium-term replacements for current aviation fuels.

However, biodiesel is also one of the hardest biofuels to generate, because most organisms contain relatively low amounts of the fats that biodiesel is extracted from. In this talk, I'll discuss some of the ways in which we're trying to improve biodiesel yields and I'll consider where, if anywhere, it can fly us.

Dr John Bothwell is one of the DEI co-directors and is based in Biosciences at Durham. He currently works on marine bioresource use (primarily seaweeds and plankton) and on the ways in which biotechnology can help transitions to renewable energy. Between 2001 and 2007, he held research fellowships in Cambridge, Plymouth and Roscoff, taking a year off in 2002-2003 to play professional rugby. From 2009-2012, John held a Lectureship at Queen’s University Belfast, moving to Durham in 2013.

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