The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), based at Aston University in Birmingham, develops and provides practical bioenergy solutions for companies and local authorities in the UK, Europe and beyond.
EBRI delivers world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy. EBRI has been established since 2007 and bioenergy research has been taking place at the University from as early as 1978. EBRI was originally awarded £8.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund to build a new world-class facility for West Midlands businesses working in bioenergy technologies and component supply chain manufacturers to try out, test and get ready for market new products and processes within this field.
EBRI now works with businesses from around the world to ensure they are able to benefit from the opportunities created by our technology. We run regular events and workshops that are designed to meet the needs of business and help them explore the benefits of bioenergy.
EBRI has developed an innovative bioenergy solution; a Pyroformer™ – unique because it uses multiple waste feedstocks to generate cost-effective heat, power and other marketable products. The Pyroformer™ offers the potential for carbon negative heat and power generation.
EBRI’s scientific, engineering and business-facing teams carry out research and knowledge transfer in all aspects of bioenergy and technology development. We provide collaboration opportunities for businesses to run trials and tests, evaluate waste sources and consider combinations of bioenergy processes prior to investment.
An impressive £16.5m building, housing staff, engineering laboratories and a functioning Pyroformer™ demonstration power plant was opened in October 2013. EBRI’s own bioenergy technologies will provide the heat, electricity and cooling needed to power the building.
Professor Tony Bridgwater is the Director of EBRI and leads a team of dedicated researchers and business-facing staff.