PLANTS AND PETROL – A biologist looks at biofuels

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Meeting Details
Speaker: Professor John A Bryant View Flyer
Biography: University of Exeter
Date: 09/10/2013
Time: 20:00
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: It is widely accepted that we need to seek renewable fuel sources, both to decrease the use of fossil fuels and to prepare for the time when oil reserves eventually run out. Environmental sources of energy - wind, water, sunshine, tides - are good for generation of electricity but combustible fuels are a different matter. We have therefore turned to a range of biological systems for the manufacture of combustible fuels, including bio-gas and bio-diesel. The talk will bring us up to date with these developments and will ask questions about the both the practicality and the ethics of some of these systems.