Aston University

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.


For further information visit European Bioenergy Research Institute or email