Geoff Hogan, BSc, DPhil

Bioenergy Scientist

Geoff Hogan

Email: geoff.hogan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel:  +44 (0)1865 883416

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey  GU10 4LH
UK

Geoff Hogan is a research physicist with a background in laser research in Oxford.  Having run a series of international technology missions in renewable energy technologies for the DTI Global Watch programme he was recruited in 2006 to write the content for the new Biomass Energy Centre (BEC) website, and subsequently joined Forest Research in 2007 to help run BEC, provide the enquiry service and maintain and update the website.

Following the end of funding for BEC in 2014, he has worked on a number of biomass related projects, including a project to assess the extent of variation in physical and chemical properties of various UK biomass feedstocks.

Current role

Geoff is a bioenergy scientist within the Forest Research Climate Change Group.

Geoff has an interest in the physical and chemical properties of biomass feedstocks and the interplay between these and a range of energy conversion technologies.  He is also interested in the role of feedstock pre-processing in modifying fuel characteristics, including for combustion and storage.

As a physicist his main strength and interest is working within an integrated, interdisciplinary team, including work on lifecycle analysis (LCA) of bioenergy feedstock and conversion technology alternatives.

He has also undertaken some work on biomass feedstock resource availability.

Current main projects

  • Characterisation of Feedstocks Project for the ETI Bio-energy Programme. Co-ordination between Forest Research and project partners, including liaison with growers, sample suppliers and sampling and analysis teams, some data analysis, interpretation and presentation
  • Support role in a number of other projects including lifecycle assessment of biomass in energy projects, and biomass options for Pen y Cymoedd Windfarm

Other affiliations and responsibilities

  • Updating and ongoing maintenance of the Biomass Energy Centre website and National Biofuel Supplier Database website

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Matthews R, Sokka L, Soimakallio S, Mortimer N, Rix J, Schelhaas M-J, Jenkins T, Hogan G, Mackie E,Morris A and Randle T (2014)  Review of literature on biogenic carbon and life cycle assessment of forest bioenergy.  Task 1 report, DG ENER project ‘Carbon impacts of biomass consumed in the EU’

Hogan G (2013)  The British bark industry.  An assessment in the context of Phytophthora ramorum

Hogan G (2013)  UK trade in woodfuel – an overview.  FR Report to FC Plant Health

Hogan G. (2013) Biomass. Ch. 15 in Roaf, S., M. Fuentes and S. Thomas, Ecohouse: A Design Guide, Fourth Edition, Architectural Press, Oxford

Palmer, D., Tubby, I., Hogan, G. and Rolls, W. (2011). Biomass heating: a guide to small log and wood pellet systems. Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, Farnham

Palmer, D., Tubby, I., Hogan, G. and Rolls, W. (2011). Biomass heating: a guide to medium wood chip log and wood pellet systems. Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, Farnham

Palmer, D., Tubby, I., Hogan, G. and Rolls, W. (2011). Biomass heating: a guide to feasibility studies. Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, Farnham

Howes, P., Bates. J., Landy, M., O'Brien, S., Herbert, R., Matthews, R. and Hogan, G.P. (2011). UK and Global Bioenergy Resource.  Final report to DECC, Reference No. ED56029

Geoff has also written or contributed to a range of information sheets and other documents on behalf of the Biomass Energy Centre, contributed to articles published in newspapers and periodicals, and been interviewed by the BBC on radio and television.