Jenifer Baxter worked for the Welsh Assembly Government managing both the Public Sector Waste Minimisation Programme and the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in Wales. Prior to this Jenifer worked at Cardiff University researching the waste arising from businesses across Wales. Jenifer received an EPSRC funded studentship to study the Sustainable Delivery of Hydrogen as part of the H Delivery SuperGen Consortium.
The overall aim of the research is to address the question: "What role does the production of hydrogen from waste have to play in a future sustainable energy system?"
The project will seek to discover to what extent current energy and waste policies support or inhibit prospects for the sustainable production of hydrogen from waste, and how they could be better integrated in the future to support such developments. The research will systematically explore the views and attitudes of a wide range of expert stakeholders towards prospective hydrogen production from waste management processes. Jenifer will map and characterise the social networks involved in energy from waste, hydrogen production, innovation and waste management with particular reference to the knowledge diffusion and networking function of innovation (Hekkert et al 2007). She will draw upon conceptual ideas from the innovation systems and transitions management literature in order to develop insights and recommendations as to how sustainable innovation in hydrogen from waste can more effectively be promoted, diffused and commercialised. All of these different aspects will be explored through case studies for the production of hydrogen from waste technical innovation systems for Wales and London.