University of South Wales

USWThe University of South Wales (USW) is one of the largest universities in the UK with over 33,000 students. The vision of the University is to transform lives, economies and communities through accessible, distinctive and responsive educations, innovation and engagement Research at USW is focused upon providing solutions to problems that affect society and the economy. Sustainable energy and the environment, is a key research focus of USW. Members of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) have over 25 years of experience in the implied fields of science and engineering. They have collaborated extensively and in anaerobic bioprocesses; including digestion, dark fermentative hydrogen production and bioelectrochemical systems in projects ranging from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, EU Regional Development Funded, EU Intereg III, BIS GPF and British Council projects, to Carbon Trust, EPSRC, NERC, UKERC, EU Marie Curie and FP6 STREP. They participated in two UKERC SUPERGEN Consortium and follow-on projects, the Biological Fuel Cell (EP/D047943/1, EP/H019480/1) and SHEC-Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortia (GR/S26965/01, EP/E040071/1) and currently hold BBSRC, NERC, EPSRC other funded projects.

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Key persons involved

Professor Alan GUWY is Professor of Anaerobic Treatment Processes and leads the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) and the Energy and Environment Research Institute (EERI) of the University of South Wales (USW). He sits on the EPSRC SUPERGEN H2&FC Science Board and the UK representative on IEA-HIA Annex 34 biohydrogen task group and the IWA’s AD special group. He is a Chartered Chemist and brings biological, chemical and biological anaerobic process technology expertise. He has led for USW, amongst others, the recent LCRI, £6.3 million ERDF project and WP leader for biohydrogen from sewage sludge within the FP6 project “Removal” . He will take overall responsibility of the USW contribution.

Professor Richard Dinsdale is Professor of Sustainable Environmental Systems and a biotechnologist of wide experience. He leads the BBSRC ADNet PhytoADv: Microbial Enhancement of Phyto Active Compounds in Digestate and BBSRC C1Net Optimizing low cost C1/C2 compound production and fermentation from biomass solid waste projects; and amongst others has led the biohydrogen production research EPSRC UKSHEC SUPEREGEN and was the Scientist in Charge of a FP6 Marie Curie TOK Fellowship Project (MTKD-CT-509821) project, led USW in the WIRHEP, EU Intereg III project and delivered a DTI Biowise demonstration project.

Professor Giuliano Premier is Professor of Low Carbon Systems Engineering with expertise bioprocess engineering design, control, modelling and with research experience in bioelectrochemical system (BES) optimisation, scale-up and control.  He leads, amongst others, the USW contribution to the NERC RRfW by BES, has led Microbial theme of the SUPERGEN Biological Fuel Cells consortium, led USW efforts in the bioprocess technology modelling of the NERC lead TSEC BioSys consortium, Chairs a BBSRC NIBB ADNetwork. He will contribute to the engineering aspects of the USW contribution.

Dr Jaime Massanet-Nicolau  completed his PhD. Entitled “Mesophilic, Fermentative Hydrogen Production from Sewage Biosolids” in February of 2009 at the University of Glamorgan. He is a senior lecturer and research fellow within the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC). His research involves producing renewable energy and platform chemicals from biomass using advanced, integrated bioprocesses.

Dr Tim Patterson was an Environmental Consultant in land and groundwater remediation but has undertaken anaerobic systems analysis since 2005, completing a PhD in 2013 on LCA of renewable gases as vehicle fuels. Since, he has focused on economics and LCA of renewable energy and low carbon processes and products. His is a senior lecturer in SERC and key member of Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion, mandate to support growth of organic waste treatment facilities in Wales, giving him expert knowledge of waste and biogas sectors in the region.