Bioenergy, if utilised correctly, holds the potential to meet <10% primary energy demand and contribute to targets to reduce emissions through greenhouse gas (GHG) savings if combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS). There are however significant gaps in our knowledge regarding GHG benefits of growing and utilising bioenergy crops. The research gaps are particularly with respect to direct land-use change and management, with relevance for food production and in relation to the use of imported feedstocks. Our previous projects- the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Energy Land Use Modelling project (ELUM) (http://www.ceh.ac.uk/sci_programmes/elum-project.html) and the NERC Carbo-BioCrop project (http://www.carbo-biocrop.ac.uk/), have made considerable ground in filling these research gaps however gaps still remain in the field of spatial and temporal issues through GHG measurement, modelling, analysis and incorporating emissions factors into LCA metrics.
The MAGLUE team are a multi-disciplinary team that hold strong expertise in SRC and Miscanthus research. The team’s research covers breeding and improvement, modelling of biomass production, and soil carbon turnover, microbiology, long-term field trials with eddy covariance flux systems measuring CO2 and H2O exchanges and static chambers for measuring trace greenhouse gas emissions. The MAGLUE project will utilise and develop research on established field sites across the UK, previously used in the ETI-ELUM project, alongside existing models used in the ETI-ELUM and NERC Carbo-BioCrop projects. The project will also utilise data obtained from outside the UK in order to gain a better understanding of spatial effects of GHG emissions.
The MAGLUE project is organised into five interconnected work packages. The overall project will be co-ordinated by Professor Gail Taylor at the University of Southampton. The project is broken down into three main categories of measurement, analysis and integration. Details of each work package can be found by clicking on the following for WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4 or WP5