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Mubashra Latif

Mubashra Latif, who is originally from Pakistan, is studying for a PhD exploring how to generate clean heat and power through using biomass. In particular, through carefully planned experiments, she has developed a strategy to utilise garden and municipal grass clippings as a potential biomass feedstock for heat and power generation.

Mubashra is studying for her PhD through the Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is partnered with Lancaster University. Mubashra is also being supported by local biomass CHP manufacturing company Biogen Systems. Her research is now being tested in real conditions, using one of the commercial biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units that are sold by Biogen Systems.

Mubashra Latif, who is based at Thornton Science Park, presented her research at the 13th Annual International Biomass Conference and Expo 2020, held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Conference attracted people working in all the different sectors of the biomass industry, including biomass fuel and technology providers, municipal leaders, project developers, investors, scientists, academics and policy makers. It served as a global platform to create new business opportunities, as well as to connect experts to discuss novel solutions to the challenges faced by the biomass industry, which is still relatively in its infancy.

Mubashra presented her research work in the session ‘Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals’. She said: “Attending this Conference gave me the opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with different biomass industry experts and exhibitors, who were most informative. It was great to learn about so many new technologies in such a short interval of time. I am very thankful to the University of Chester, which has always been a pillar of support for me and sponsored my travel to this conference for the benefit of my PhD development and future career growth.”

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About Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington (03R17P01835)

This c. £4m project is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

The Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington (EICW) project is led by the University of Chester, which has partnered with Lancaster University to work with local SMEs in the innovation and adoption of Low Carbon Technologies.

The Eco-Innovation project brings together the resource and expertise of these leading universities to deliver an intensive programme of collaborative R&D interventions and activities. This will support the commercialisation of new products, processes and services underpinning the sustainable growth of Cheshire and Warrington’s low carbon and renewables marketplace.

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