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In the autumn term, we’ll be running a big project about the future of UCL’s carbon emissions.  More...

Published: Jul 21, 2014 2:46:00 PM

UCL action for Sustainability Celebrated at the Green Impact Awards

UCL's President & Provost, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of the UCL community in tackling our environmental impacts this week at the Green Impact Award Ceremony.   More...

Published: Jun 11, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Get Cycling Event: Wednesday 14th May, South Quad

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Published: May 12, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the Big Easter Switch Off.  More...

Published: May 1, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Massimiliano Materazzi (Chemical Engineering Department): Clean energy from waste: fundamental investigations on high temperature bubbling fluid bed gasifiers

Biomass is the third largest primary energy resource in the world, after coal and oil. Wide scale use of biomass could help postpone fossil fuel depletion and reduce global warming. Gasification of biomass is an attractive technology which utilizes municipal solid waste-based fuels to produce syngas (CO2 and H2) suitable for power production using energy gas engines or turbines. Fluidized bed gasification, because of its fuel flexibility, high efficiency and low environmental impact, is one of the most promising means for biomass energy conversion.
This work is centered on gaining a more fundamental understanding of particulate behaviour in the fluid bed and how this may impact operational issues including the fate of the ash forming components (ie agglomeration and defluidization) and the behaviour of the volatile matter. This will provide improvements and enhancements to be made to the design of gasification plants, hence enabling their successful development and take up.