EBRI ‘Value from Waste’ Master Class
EBRI works with a number of SMEs across the West Midlands. Below is a selection of short films featuring attendees of the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class, held at EBRI in Birmingham, the CoRE building at Stoke-on-Trent, and the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub.
95% of attendees of the EBRI Master Class have rated it ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’.
Andrew Goddard, Freeland Horticulture Ltd
Andrew, of Freeland Horticulture, a nationwide producer and supplier of soils, talks about the challenges of converting waste streams containing plastics into viable material that can be put into soil. He attended the EBRI Master Class to gain an insight into the various thermochemical technologies and processes which could help his business meet this challenge. Watch here.
Arun Luther, Genesis Innovations Ltd
Arun Luther of Genesis Innovations in Birmingham provides help to SMEs, including start-up companies, to develop technology solutions and to raise finance for their business growth needs. One of his current projects, for instance, revolves around plastic recycling, and he is looking at ways that ‘end-of-life’ plastic can be converted into fuel. The EBRI Master Class provided Arun with the opportunity to meet other businesses and to explore potential opportunities for him to provide assistance in his specialist area. Watch here.
Colin Oakley, Ozone Efficiency
Colin Oakley, Managing Director of Ozone Efficiency specialises in reducing problems for other companies, including cutting chemical bills, energy bills and reducing waste. Here he explains how he found the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class enlightening, and how it has given him ideas about new markets for his product, which he previously would not have considered. Watch here.
Darren Wright, Uniconfort – UK Ltd
Darren Wright of biomass boiler manufacturer, Uniconfort, is working with Absotherm Services, a producer and importer of absorption chillers. Together they are collaborating to create cooling from heat. The EBRI Bioenergy Master Class has given him a deeper understanding of waste products and how they can be used productively, for instance for fuels from waste. Watch here.
David Thompson, Agripellets Ltd
Agripellets Ltd process agricultural residues, primarily straw and Miscanthus grass grown in the West Midlands area, into pellets. Here David Thompson describes how historically Agripellets have supplied these pellets for power generation and commercial heat, and by attending the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class at Aston University has helped him explore other ways of adding value to these products. Watch here.
Donna Galt, Marketing & Sustainability Consultant
Sustainability and Marketing Consultant, Donna Galt helps businesses to understand the value of becoming more sustainable and how that can lead to new product and service design. Having attended the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class at Aston University, she explains how it enlightened her about the breadth of potential growth areas for business.
Eva Martinez, EST Translations
Eva Martinez of EST Translations provides environmental translational services to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on both a local and international basis. She attended the two-day EBRI Bioenergy Master Class to get a better understanding of the technology and processes used in this area, and to engage with Aston University, as well as other businesses. Watch here.
Fabion Wasa, Ariise Technologies Ltd
Fabion’s company Ariise Technologies, is a start-up business which supplies technology solutions to help improve people’s lives in third world countries, particularly in the areas of preparing food, accessing energy and cleaner water, as well as hospital equipment. He attended the EBRI Master Class to gain a better understanding of bioenergy, and for guidance and ideas on how to take his prototype to market. Watch here.
Hadrian Garner, Severn Group Ltd
Hadrian Garner of Severn Group, a mechanical engineering and commercial gas company based in Stourport, talks about his company’s involvement in bioenergy and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants. Following on from attending the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class at Aston University, he is thinking ahead about future commercial opportunities in the areas of bioenergy and biodigestion.
Jaymish Patel and Viral Patel, Biofuel Evolution Ltd
Aston University graduates and business partners Jaymish Patel and Viral Patel are exploring ways to convert waste streams into liquid biofuels. Their start-up company Biofuel Evolution is looking to convert food waste from restaurants and cafes etc. into bioethanol utilising the pyrolysis process. Here they describe how the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class has helped inspire their business vision. Watch here.
Jenny Rohde, Jones Newton Ltd
Jenny gives advice and support to companies regarding strategic marketing to help them improve their competitive positioning. Her clients include engineering companies in the environmental, manufacturing and water sectors. She attended the EBRI Master Class to gain an insight into the bioenergy market and the potential opportunities it could provide to her clients. Watch here
John Seaward, Tudor Griffiths Group
Tudor Griffiths Group, based in North Shropshire is a leading supplier of construction materials and building supplies, ready mixed concrete, waste management and recycling. The company’s Finance Director, John Seaward gives an overview of the company’s biomass project, and how attending the EBRI Master Class held at the unique CoRE building in Stoke has broadened his understanding of bioenergy and how everything fits together. Watch here.
Lesley-Jane and Robin Powell, Landmark Associates Ltd
Miscanthus growers Lesley-Jane and Robin Powell talk about the potential benefits of growing this grass bioenergy crop on brown field sites in the West Midlands, and how it could benefit local communities. They describe how the EBRI Bioenergy Class which they attended has provided them with a central point of contact for advice and useful network links, and how the experience gained can help them develop their ideas. Watch here.
Martin Mullan, The Big Changes Company
Martin’s company helps organisations improve value in the eyes of their own individual customers. This includes helping businesses identify areas of waste, both on a physical and practical basis. Here he describes how by attending the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class has brought value to him, in terms of gaining knowledge and networking opportunities. Watch here
Peter Francis, Midland Automation Technology Ltd
Peter runs Midland Automation Technology which designs and builds control systems for process plants including gasification plants, and biomass handling. He is working on a joint project with Concertive Engineering Services Ltd in Sedgley, West Midlands, and by attending the EBRI Master Class he was able to find out more about bioenergy, resources and practices, and to get ideas about process benefits they can introduce to the project. Watch here
Paul Eaton, Phoenix Wood Pellets
Phoenix Wood Pellets in Cradley Heath, West Midlands manufacture Grade A and B wood pellets for biomass markets to be used in various heating products. Here, Paul Eaton describes his interest in renewable energy, and recommends the two-day EBRI Master Class as a good grounding for anyone joining the bioenergy industry.
Sanjay Aggarwal, Spice Kitchen and Recorked UK
Sanjay Aggarwal, based in Birmingham runs two businesses: Spice Kitchen, a spice and tea manufacturer; and Recorked UK, the leading UK cork recycling scheme, predominantly from used wine stoppers. He attended the EBRI Bioenergy Master Class event to gain an understanding of alternative potential uses of the corks, e.g. as a biomass feedstock and a biofuel. Watch here
Simon Ighofose, PyroGenesys
Simon Ighofose’s company PyroGenesys Ltd is a start-up company which came out of Aston University in Birmingham. During this film footage, Simon highlights the benefits of working with bioenergy centre-of-excellence, the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), and the collaboration opportunities that are available for his business. Watch here
Tony Pickess, Gemidan Ltd
Gemidan have developed a high performance pre-treatment technology for food waste for use in the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) sector. Tony attended the EBRI Master Class to learn more about the broader bioenergy sector. Here he gives an overview of the scale of food waste in the UK, and how renewable energy can play a part in making better use of it. Watch here