Bioenergy research at CREDIT has focussed on accessing energy products from either wastes or low value inputs such as marine biomass. The largest project conducted in the Bioenergy theme has been the INTERREG IVA funded BioMara project which was coordinated by the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban, Scotland, and included partners from IT Sligo, the Queens University of Belfast, Ulster University and the University of Strathclyde. The work involved beginning to assess marine biomass as a potential source of energy for both gaseous and liquid fuels. The project commenced in 2009 and finished in 2013. The project website is here.
As well as the academic research activities of the project, we also produced some very useful classroom lesson plans in bioenergy focussed on marine biomass, and these lesson plans have great identification pictures of seaweed species, as well as explaining the processes by which biomass is turned into useful energy. These materials can be accessed at the BioMara education page