1st Fuel and Energy Research and Its Applications
The Fuel and Energy Research Forum has been created to bring together all those with interests in fuel and
energy research, particularly biomass, waste and fossil fuels and to promote and integrate these interests in
the UK and worldwide. These research areas are increasingly important as carbon-fuels continue to play a key
role in the energy mix of today. These fuels provide a widely-distributed, secure and reliable source of energy
that is relatively easy to obtain. Clean carbon-fuel technology is the order of the day, with particular attention
being paid to carbon capture and storage in view of global warming and carbon dioxide emissions from carbonbased
The First Conference in the ECCRIA series of Conferences was held in 1996 at Loughborough University and
building on the success of the previous twelve ECCRIA conferences, this 1st FERIA Conference is to be held at
the University of Nottingham.
Situated in the East Midlands region of England on the edge of Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of Robin
Hood, Nottingham has had a colourful past of legend and lace and caves and castles. The City of Nottingham is
home to nearly 300,000 people including over 70,000 students at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham
Trent University. Beneath the bustling city streets is a unique labyrinth of man-made caves, and above the
ground, Nottingham Castle stands high on the city skyline. With exhibitions describing its turbulent history, the
castle is also an acclaimed museum and art gallery for contemporary works. Nottingham’s industrial heritage is
founded on lace, where its fascinating story is told at the Museum of Nottingham Lace. As well as Robin Hood,
other famous figures who have helped shape Nottingham’s heritage are, Lord Byron, D.H. Lawrence, Jesse
Boot, William Booth and the mathematician, George Green. Nottingham has an abundance of restaurants,
cafes, pubs and bistros around the city which, when weather permits, bring al fresco dining for a real
continental feel. In the evening, Nottingham is still buzzing with life as the choice of entertainment on offer
brings people of all ages to the city to sample what is becoming a legendary nightlife. Nottingham is also well
served by excellent theatres, where the Victorian Theatre Royal, the Nottingham Playhouse, the Broadway, the
Malt Cross Music Hall and the modern Royal Concert Hall, all bring a year-round programme of drama and music
to the city. Nottingham is also home to two League Football Clubs, Nottingham Forest and Notts County. This
friendly and vibrant city provides an excellent base for the conference and a showcase for the English East
Midlands, where it is hoped that delegates from outside the UK will continue to support this event and will
thoroughly enjoy their stay in Nottingham.
Road : The city has road links via the M1 Motorway.
Rail : Direct rail links mean that Nottingham is only 1h.45mins. from London.
Air : The East Midlands International Airport is nearby, (12 miles), with Birmingham International Airport
only 48 miles away
Bus : There are great bus services running throughout the day and throughout the city, linking the University
to all major city attractions.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers in universities and participants from industry
who are also carrying out research or are interested in the application of the research in industry. Papers
which describe the applications of research in fuel and energy characterisation, utilisation and preparation
are now invited.
Abstracts are invited which describe current academic and industrial research into cleaner fuel and energy
research on biomass, waste and fossil fuels and their applications including but not limited to :-
• Improving efficiency and reducing emissions for carbon-based fuel technologies in conventional combustion
power generation. This includes optimising the flexible operation of power plant and ash and slagging issues.
• Advanced Power Generation, (APG), based on thermal processes, including enabling technologies and
innovative process design for APG.
• Industrial scale combustion, gasification and pyrolysis including issues associated with co-firing and with the
combustion of biomass and waste.
• Biogas production and utilisation including landfill gas and anaerobic digestion.
• Decarbonisation : Pre and post-combustion capture, transport, storage and utilisation technologies, including
oxyfuel combustion, chemical looping, fuel characterisation and plant diagnostics.
• All emissions issues, including alternative NOx, SOx, particulates and trace element reduction techniques to
meet more stringent emissions standards throughout the world.
• Pre-treatment and processing of biomass and waste feedstocks, (torrefaction, washing, etc.), and issues
associated with the safe storage, processing, handling and feeding of biomass and waste into process systems.
• Hydrogen : Its potential use as transport fuels and for stationary applications and their issues.
• Energy storage, thermal storage, mechanical storage, cold storage and integration with energy systems.
• Case studies on the challenges facing the users of biomass and waste.
• Carbon based fuel conversion process including, carbonisation and other metallurgical uses, fuel-derived
products, fuel preparation and handling, underground coal gasification and coal bed methane, and all other
carbon-based fuel conversion processes, including coal to liquids.
• Policy and technoeconomic studies, including legislation towards power from carbon-based fuels, government
policy, legislative framework, both UK and international.
Research students are also strongly encouraged to submit papers, attend and give presentations – there is
a reduced Conference fee for students.
All authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit, by Friday 30th October 2020 at the latest, a full
paper for possible publication in FUEL and for inclusion in a Virtual Special Issue to be published on the Elsevier
website for the FUEL journal.The papers submitted must be prepared strictly in accordance with the Guide for
Authors and must be submitted electronically via http://ees.elsevier.com/jfue/. Authors should clearly
indicate that the paper is from the 1st FERIA Conference for inclusion in the Virtual Special Issue of FUEL. All
full papers will be subject to the normal refereeing requirements of FUEL.