BioPAD dissemination – Meeting politicians

During a recent visit to the Environmental Research Institute a Member of the Scottish Parliament had the opportunity to talk to Dr Neil James about the BioPAD project. Rhoda Grant MSP for Highlands and Island Region, showed great interest in the project, particularly the benefits that bioenergy can bring to rural communities and the upcoming supply chain tool- BISCUIT.

Rhoda said of the meeting: “I was delighted to visit the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso recently and meet with its director, Professor Stuart Gibb. The ERI – which is part of North Highland College UHI – is situated in the perfect location with the unique opportunity of attracting top scientists from across the world to study our local environment.

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Prof Stuart Gibb, Rhoda Grant MSP, and Dr Neil James at ERI, Thurso, Scotland

I also met with other staff and students at the college and heard about some of the ground-breaking research being carried out such as the BioPAD project which is promoting the wider use of bioenergy and developing applications targeting the whole process from supplying fuel to producing energy and the different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy.

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It is great to see Caithness produce some of the highest quality scientific research out there and help maintain the international status of the college. This provides even further opportunities to build international relationships attracting more international students, particularly from the Far East to work and study in the north Highlands.”

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Developing a local bioenergy market can provide significant opportunities for rural and remote areas, by improving security of energy supply, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and stimulating the local economy by creating jobs and keeping payments for energy within the local community. A new project, BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), which targets the Northern Periphery of Europe, aims to ensure that bioenergy becomes more widely used and that awareness of the opportunities it provides are increased. The project will help the development of bioenergy and improve our understanding of the links between supply and demand by looking at supply chains for a variety of bioenergy fuels and different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy. Understanding the supply chains and the ways bioenergy moves from fuel source to energy provision will help the establishment of robust and efficient supply services which can match local demand. BioPAD is led by the Western Development Commission www.wdc.ie (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) http://www.northernperiphery.eu
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