Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales visit

MSc students on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (REBE) programme from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Powys, Wales made their annual visit to the BEACON facility at IBERS to learn about the valuable research into renewable energy forms undertaken by BEACON scientists. The visit demonstrates the continuing and useful interaction between CAT and IBERS in postgraduate teaching focused on renewable technologies.

The visit was facilitated by BEACON scientist Dr Gordon Allison, who specializes in the conversion of a range of plant biomass to various energy forms. Process engineering technician, Damon Hammond, gave a talk on slow pyrolysis and the operation of the BEACON biochar rig, while energy scientist, Dr John Corton, introduced them to the pilot scale biomass primary and secondary processing facilities.