Innovation Services


The Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University has world-leading scientists and state-of-the-art research facilities to help industry develop the next generation of bioenergy, energy-from-waste, bioproducts and energy system solutions.

With a range of world-class laboratories, testing facilities and industrial-scale demonstration technology, EBRI provides a unique and accessible resource for businesses to ‘bridge the gap’ between cutting-edge university research and practical industry applications.

Whether your business is a leading multinational or a micro-sized start-up you can access EBRI’s Innovation Services:


Feedstock Testing & Analysis

  • Gasification Modelling: Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling, simulation and analysis for gasification of solid waste streams.
  • Pyrolysis Testing: Laboratory pyrolysis testing for waste, residues and feedstocks plus analysis of bio-oil, gas and biochar products.

Biofuels & Engines

  • Biofuels Analysis: Characterisation and analysis of biofuels for engine applications.
  • Biofuels Upgrading: Blending and upgrading of biofuels for optimal engine performance.
  • Engine Testing: Practical internal combustion engine testing and analysis of fuel performance and emissions.

Technical Expertise & Advice

  • Project Appraisal: Economic analysis and feasibility for bioenergy projects and business case recommendations.
  • Planning Advice: One-to-One advice and guidance for bioenergy planning applications.
  • Technical Reports: Bespoke scientific reviews and analysis for bioenergy technologies, policy and markets.

Research & Development

  • SME Innovation Funding: Advice and guidance to assist small businesses to access R&D.
  • Collaborative Research: Work with EBRI’s researchers, scientists and laboratory facilities to develop a new research project with your company.

Executive Development – The EBRI Value from Waste Master Class Series

  • A comprehensive and structured introduction to the bioenergy sector for businesses and entrepreneurs. The Master Class Series includes workshops, technical demonstrations and site visits covering the four fundamentals of bioenergy:
    • Technologies and Feedstocks
    • Supply Chains
    • Business Opportunities
    • Carbon Reduction