The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is leading the 5BIO project within T-ERA. The main objective of the project is to stimulate research, innovation and knowledge transfer between businesses, scientists and chemical engineers across five key areas: biomass, biorefining, bioenergy, biofuels and bio-products.
The integration of these areas through the creation of a thermal energy and renewable chemicals centre of excellence at EBRI will help:
- accelerate industry driven applied research;
- empower local companies in collaborative development of new processes and products;
- attract inward investment from around the world, stimulate indigenous growth and drive new export markets;
- facilitate long term regional growth in the Midlands.
EBRI has an established track record of research and demonstration. It’s areas of expertise include:
- feedstock assessment;
- catalyst development, production and characterisation;
- thermal process research and development;
- product upgrading and refining;
- biofuels and chemicals production;
- heat and power system design and evaluation;
- bioenergy and biofuel markets;
- technology evaluation;
- consultancy and training.
The £21million institute, jointly funded by Aston University and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), contains state-of-the-art facilities including a demonstration power plant, thermal processors, and laboratories which allow companies to explore and develop practical bioenergy solutions.