FAQs for businesses

Bioenergy offers many opportunities for businesses. Find the answers to commonly asked questions in this section.


Q What are the benefits of bioenergy for my business?

There are several benefits for businesses when it comes to bioenergy. It can be cost effective, provide low-cost green energy and reduce your waste disposal costs. Today’s customers and clients are more aware of the environment and the carbon footprint left by the purchasing choices they make. The use of bioenergy sends a powerful marketing message to your existing customer base and target market.

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Q I am the owner of an SME. What can EBRI do to help me maximise the benefits from bioenergy?

There are a number of ways EBRI can support your business to maximise opportunities in the bioenergy market. EBRI develops and provides practical bioenergy solutions for companies in the West Midlands, UK and beyond.

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Q I am interested in investing in bioenergy. What opportunities does EBRI offer my company?

Bioenergy offers investors an ethical, environmental and green investment which will provide a good return. It is an excellent choice for venture capitalists, fund managers and individual investors looking to build an ethical portfolio in the UK and beyond. It is also a smart investment for electricity generation, energy and waste management companies.

EBRI is keen to talk to Fund Managers, individual investors, electrical generation, energy management and waste management companies wanting more information about investing in bioenergy.

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Q What is bioenergy?

Bioenergy is renewable energy made from any organic material from plants or animals. Sources of bioenergy are called biomass and include agricultural and forestry residues, municipal solid wastes, industrial wastes, and terrestrial and aquatic crops grown solely for energy purposes.

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Q How do you produce bioenergy from waste sources?

The main process involved in turning waste into bioenergy is called pyrolysis. The word is coined from the Greek-derived elements pyr “fire” and lysis “separating”. Pyrolysis is essentially the process of using heat to break down waste into a form of charcoal known as biochar, and synthetic gas (a mix of carbon monoxide, hydrogen and very often some carbon dioxide).

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Q What is wrong with landfill?

Landfill is increasingly becoming unacceptable for organisations to use to treat waste. The methane that is produced as the waste breaks down is far more powerful than carbon dioxide. Landfill also wastes valuable resources. If waste can be reused or recycled instead, it saves the natural resources needed to produce goods in the first place. Landfill wastes energy as waste contains energy and can be recovered to generate power.


Q Is energy from waste safe?

Yes. Energy from waste is an established process that is being used in countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Switzerland. By law, bioenergy plants must comply with the Waste Incineration Directive (WID). This European Union Directive details how bioenergy plants must be designed and operated.